Design of a unique, industrially-zoned corridor in downtown Los Angeles elicits the strategy of building a sustainable field of solar energy housing that posits a complex ecology and sprawling cellular system with PV shells nesting on top of the existing built environment. The aim is to create a fluid and scalar roof scape where the merging of the newly proposed program and its spatial components are symbiotically connected to the overall site. The project establishes mutually beneficial relationships for a diversity of conditions that encourage for change towards cleaner energy consumption and development in urban living.
An architectural mutualism embodies the existing industrial loft housings that serve as hosts that employ the proposed apparatus- the Solar Symbiont. The speculation is that the physical construct of Solar Symbiont would share air and surface rights with existing host buildings. Unlike billboards and cell sites, a Solar Symbiont network’s farming policies cultivates reusable energy as a form of commodity that performs more than just generate electricity, heating, and additional income for the building. With the clear notable macro environmental effect for establishing clean energy enterprises, Solar Symbiont intervention would also produce a new identity and urban destination for owners, dwellers, and visitors
Solar Symbiont is a time-sensitive infrastructure produced and assembled locally in Downtown Los Angeles. The overall faceted and expandable geometry facilitates the demand for directional variations of the sun and builds on the potential to optimize growth. It is laid out to stretch and to latch onto its most proximate host building with capability to shift scale and proportion for the interest and demand of occupants. Solar Symbiont is constructed using layers of snap surface composites, operable PV panels, sub roofing solar heating duct patching, and a lightweight substrate canopy supported by a point-loaded suspension structural system. Integrated with additional housing pods, the Solar Symbiont system also includes public roof garden, tanning deck and lap pools.
Project Lead: Andy Ku // Project Team: Juan Azcarate, Julieta Gil, Andy Ku, Kam Ku, Kin-Tak Yu