| 10 : 30 – 06 January 2018 |
To test the measures taken to combat climate change, KOGAA Studio and Next Institute Research Platform design ‘City Cell Prototype’ for Brno city.
Designed as a urban furniture, the prototype is installed in a prominent city square highlighting measure like planting urban greenery and rainwater management. The energy efficient installation serves as a ‘testing prototype’ as to showcase how cities can take to combat climate extremes.
Open from two sides, the rectangular structure is developed out of the need to provide shade, accommodate people and interact with city dwellers. Equipped with rooftop solar panels, biofilter, rainwater recharge and vertical garden the wooden installation seeks to create self sufficiency and climate change awareness among urban masses.
City cell prototype installed at a prominent square in Brno
From the Architect –
The currently growing global urge to adapt to climate change has led the team of the applied research platform NEXT Institute to provide urban solution. Designed specifically for Brno in Czech Republic, it responds to need of the city to expand its green-blue infrastructure, improve microclimate and manage rainwater.
Seems like a furniture / art installation in public space
The City Cell is now at its prototype stage and it’s being used as a testing ground before its implementation into more permanent projects. The prototype, designed by architecture studio KOGAA, is able to collect various data concerning urban greenery plantation and rainwater management.
Structure assists to collect data related to greenery and rainwater collection
Features of the prototype –
Urban furniture prototype
Its shape develops from the need to provide shading, collect water, and the intent to create a spatial communication between the new object and the existing square, also achieved through the two-sided openness. Additionally, its structure was designed with easy replacement in mind in case of damage.
Open on two sides, benches provide an interaction zone
The central part of the prototype is a biofilter, which collects rainwater from the roof, filtering it through settling and phyto-processes. Once filtered, rainwater is then gathered in storage tanks, from where it is pumped by a drip irrigation system to the vertical greenery on the structure’s outer walls.
Bench, Biofilter and vertical garden
Rainwater trickles along the slopes and drain in biofilter
Energy efficient prototype –
Together with the vertical greenery, the biofilter allows water retention and evaporation, allowing the surrounding microclimate to cool down. Its construction primarily consists of pre-dried KVH timber, which doesn’t require additional protective coating.
Solar panels atop the sloped roof
Amongst the urban space
Project details –
Project Name – The City Cell Prototype
Architect Firm – KOGAA Studio | www.kogaa.eu
Collaborator – NEXT Institute | www.nextinstitute.eu
Project location – Malinovského náměstí, Brno, Czech Republic
Client name – Veřejná zeleň města Brna (The public greenery of the city of Brno)
Photography Credits – © BoysPlayNice
Project year – 2017 – 2018
Completion year – 2018
Builtup – 27 m2 | Usable area – 21 m2