Random interesting idea - Journal of Omnifarious
Jul. 2nd, 2003
02:40 pm - Random interesting idea
Heliotropic buildings. Or at least, buildings with heliotropic panels on the outsides of them. You could put solar panels on the panels and possible power parts of the building. Also, because they would absorb a lot of sunlight, you could save money on cooling. But, I suspect the heliotropic panels would be really expensive to maintain.
It'd make buildings perform some of the same functions as trees though. And that would be neat. :-)
If the panels were on arms that held them away from the main surface of the building, it would make windows more useful for the humans in the building, though the panels, being heliotropic, wouldn't cover the dark side of the building.
Our buildings should integrate and be more a part of the environment. Right now, we build buildings to fight the environment. We should build them to be a part of it and take advantage of it.