Project of the Week: Photovoltaic Ice Rink, Kamchatka, Russia, Margot Krasojevic

03 Apr 2017

Проект недели: Фотогальваническая  ледовая арена, Камчатка, Россия, Марго Красоевич

A need to create eco-friendly, energy efficient buildings is stoking the creative fires of the global architecture community. The number of elegant energy saving building solutions is rising exponentially.

Just take a look at the work of London-based Margot Krasojevic. The architect’s proposed photovoltaic ice rink in Kamchatka, Russia, is one example of how practicality can meet inventiveness without compromising a building’s eco-credentials.

Photovoltaic ice rink

Krasojevic’s project is located on a natural lake on the Kamchatka Peninsula in Russia’s Far East. It is a multipurpose project, arranged around a central ice rink. An outdoor cinema and natural geothermal spa make up the rest of the facilities at this proposed site.

This conceptual proposes harnessing the power of the Sun to power an ice rink/entertainment complex. On the face of it, this seems somewhat contradictory. After all, if there is one thing the Sun is known for it is incredible heat – something ice simply does not get along with. So how exactly will these two conflicting elements, heat and cold, marry harmoniously at this site? The answer lies with our old friend solar energy.

Photovoltaic ice rink

The lake on which this conceptual rink will sit is exposed to bright sunlight during the winter months, with temperatures averaging -6°C. In order to make sure the rink stays consistently frozen year round, photovoltaic cells, the same variety used in solar panels, generate a safe electrical current throughout the lake. This keeps the lake frozen and ready for visitors to enjoy anytime of the year or day (without the risk of electrocution).

Photovoltaic ice rink

Ice hockey is a major sport in Russia, and as such the rink is equipped to deal with this most physical of winter sports. The rink can be flooded from beneath its top layer. Not only does this mean more chilly ice, the flooding also keeps the ice incredibly strong – essential for the frenetic physicality of your average ice hockey match.

Photovoltaic ice rink

The site’s geothermal spa relies on the naturally occurring hot springs located close to the lake. Turbines, powered by warm subterranean waters, help provide the energy required to keep the lake frozen, while also acting as a fuel source for the site’s outdoor cinema.

Photovoltaic ice rink

Further sunlight absorbing cells and panels are attached to the striated cedar wood canopy which encloses the rink. Power for lighting outlets and the cinema is generated from these in a clean, renewable fashion. Individual charging/docking stations for devices have been incorporated too, ensuring comfort and convenience for the rink’s visitors (when they are not enjoying the ice of course).

Photovoltaic Ice Rink

As much power as necessary is absorbed into these structure-studding cells, providing thick, consistent ice for the rink’s visitors throughout the year. Any excess power is transferred back into the grid, keeping things clean and efficient.

Photovoltaic Ice Rink

Away from this project’s impressive green energy installations, the rink promises some interesting thematic touches. Krasojevic sought to integrate the area’s natural fluctuating beauty into the cedar wood canopy, as well as the graceful fluidity of ice skaters themselves.

Photovoltaic Ice Rink

Its dynamic form mimics frozen water captured by the wind in a scheme that reflects crystallisation. It also encapsulates a moment of figure skating choreography; the blade of the stratified canopy cutting across the lake mimicking the continuous choreographed moments of champion skaters.

Photovoltaic Ice Rink

Convincing in its environmental pretentions, Margo Krasojevic’s conceptual ice rink is a project worth watching. It was commissioned by China Film House, a Chinese cinema chain, so it may yet see the light of day. Visitors to the rink, once built, will no doubt be stunned by its eco-friendly features incorporated so cleanly into an architecturally elegant site.

Photovoltaic Ice Rink

Source: WorldBuild 365

 

 



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