Honorable Mention: Innovative Minds 2012
Atlanta, Georgia, USA
The Gulf of Mexico was devastated in 2010 by a horrible Oil Spill. The global media is giving this catastrophe less and less attention, but the dangers of this spill are still very real. “Bayou Purification” is a 17-story Alternative Energy Research building that pro-actively seeks to assist in the cleansing process, and remind the world that this spill is an ongoing issue that demands attention. This is Architecture that improves the environment!
The curtain wall that wraps the building contains continuous strands of a carbon nano-sponge. This sponge was recently developed by Chinese scientists, and large scale production is currently being investigated. The sponge uses capillary action to extract oil from water, while remaining un-penetrated by the water. “Bayou Purification” boasts a composite skin that has a version of the nano-sponge intertwined throughout a polymer wall. This portion of the skin is then wrapped by a clear elastic membrane. When assembled, this skin has the ability to continuously wick oil upwards. Once the skin has received enough oil, a vacuum system is deployed in order to extract the oil from the skin, and into one of two collection basins. All of these activities are clearly visible by people for miles around. “Bayou Purification” has the ability to address three major issues.
-The ability to extract and display the oil that is present in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico
-The ability to expose the faults of the oil industry and inspire people to take action
-The ability to use extracted oil for testing in an effort to advance Alternative Energy Research
“Bayou Purification” is proposed for Barataria Bay, Louisiana. It will continuously remind the world of the dangers of our dependenceon oil. This building serves as a bold catalyst for Alternative Energy.