Our project sought an architectural solution that solves, for itself, the issue of the shelter; a solution that results is an autonomous shelter with a passive solution for its thermal comfort. Design guidelines are: (1) functionality provide thermal comfort to users, especially during the winter, a good view of the outside and make equipements function by solar energy; (2) technique use construction materials which are eco-friendly, with best costs/benefits ratio; (3) aesthetics propose a bold design solution, modern and distinct to its surroundings; and (4) education and interactivity: promote awareness about energy expenses. So, to suit such goals, the design suggests:
-Thermal comfort: a passive heating system, that captures hot air (with a dark polycarbonate board), inside the roof and guides it through ducts (forced by a small fan), installed on the side walls. These conduct the air to an area below the deck (a permeable wood floor). As this air is warmer than the climate air, it will rise naturally by convection, heating the shelter.
-Light materials such as wood, which is renewable; polycarbonate, because it is cheaper than glass; and cellulose blankets, that are more effective and sustainable than other insulating materials;
-The angled shelter faces provide the necessary aesthetics and are efficient to melt snow;
-Solar panels (with Southeast orientation), to charge the lamps and a monitor (used to display the bus schedule)
-For the awareness about energy issues, we propose the installation of an energy generating bicycle inside the shelter. On it the user can,pedaling, generate sufficient energy to charge a cellphone or a notebook. This raises the idea of how much energy we need to satisfy our needs and, besides, that such energy come out of the blue. We are not used to think about the source of the energy we consume, and this project is an attempt of trigger that thought.
In community consultation, 14 students were interview about the actual bus shelter, half of which only used the shelter during the cold season and 2 use it at all. 3 out of 12 use it once or twice a week, 5 use it 3 or 4 times a week, and 4, in other frequencies. When asked about why they use it, 41.7% answered that because heated; 25%, the fact that shaded; 25%, it being spacious; and 16.7% like anything about it, among other responses. Nevertheless, the big majority (10 of 12) complained about it being too cold in the winter, but only 2 interviewed said that too hot in the summer. 66.7% think that the seating is uncomfortable. Protests about it being ugly, crowded or boring were also declared by 5 students each. About the shelter screen, 7 of 12 said that it should be more interactive, 2 demonstrated being satisfied about it, and 2 expressed that they think useless.
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