Giancarlo Zema Design Group’s latest project is focused on the Exhibition and Research Centre at the Levi-Montalcini Foundation in Italy, with the first small vertiport on top of museum building.
“The circular building will grow in the center of a beautiful Paulownia forest, the tree that absorbs the most CO2 in the world, about ten times more than ordinary trees,” according to the project description. “At its entrance, the dense interconnected nervous-root system will be displayed, which will provide real-time data relating to the electrochemical exchanges between plants, the amount of CO2 absorbed and the amount of oxygen produced. This symbolic “control center” is intended to represent the mission set by the Levi-Montalcini Foundation: to be an “interconnection center” of scientific and artistic knowledge.
“Large structural trees over 6 m high, made by WASP in eco-cement 3D printing, will support with their branches an extensive photovoltaic roof capable of generating 200 kWp energy and collecting and accumulating rainwater, which can then be used for irrigation of the park. In addition, thanks to the collaboration with eVertiSKY the roof will become a small vertiport, equipped with a telescopic lift and landing platform for electric passenger drones, useful for observing the forest from above. On the perimeter, the large glass surfaces will allow you to remain visually and emotionally immersed in the woods. A dense system of paths will branch off from the Center to dissolve inside the park, accompanied by the innovative photovoltaic street furniture elements of Luminexence to enjoy totally off-grid services and lighting.”
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