HVAC Window (1)

Valentina Mele*

Posted on Sunday, November 21st, 2010 at 2:58 am

HVAC Window 1 and 2 explore the potential for the migration of the central HVAC system into a decentralized occupation of the surface.

The double glazed unit — the minimal boundary layer between inside and outside — is used opportunistically as the site of maximum difference in temperature. Mediating incoming and outgoing air at the surface of a building takes advantage of the building’s skin as the interface between two different climatic zones. That difference is harnessed — through a Peltier device inserted in the glazing unit — to generate heating and cooling locally and as needed either by the user, or due to conditions dictated by the weather.

By distributing the previously centralized HVAC system into the glazing system, glass becomes not only a visual transmitter of the outside but also a haptic transmitter. It fulfills in a more tactile way, modernism’s quest of continuity between inside and outside.

*Guided by: Carol Moukheiber and Christos Marcopoulos

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