Breathing Spirit Air-Purifying Shade by Ali Mahmoudi

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Breathing Spirit

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Air-Purifying Shade

INSPIRATION:
Light is a virtue of heaven, of truth, and of purity. Natural light is an important element in Iranian architecture. One of these ornaments is Shabak, a latticed window with special motifs which creates a spiritual atmosphere by producing remarkable patterns on the wall or the floor, looks like an artistic painting or carpet. Breathing Spirit is a latticed, airpurifying shade which is inspired by Shabaks as the light’s aesthetical aspect and also its purity aspect in the role of a purifier.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
Breathing Spirit represents two unique features. In the first place, according to the meaning of “light” in semiology, it brings a gentle spiritual environment to the house. A holy essence is the bonus of the act of playing with light and shadow, inspired by traditional Iranian architecture. Furthermore, this shade can act as an air purifier, which is able to treat outdoor air and let it inside, in polluted city environments

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
The user interacts with the panels via a wall-mounted, touch control panel or a remote control. These devices inform the user about the position and angle of the panels as well as the level of dust piled up on filters. It also allows the user to change the panels’ position/angle and activate the filter’s self-cleaning. This separates pollutants off from the filters by vibration and piles them up in a dumpster below the panels. The user can empty the dumpster manually.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project started in July 2016 in Tehran, Iran, and finished in September 2016, and was accepted in Decoratech convention in September 2016 in Tehran.

FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Building Materials, Construction Components, Structures & Systems Design

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
Using sustainable materials which endure outdoor environment was a main concern. Breathing Spirit has a main frame and several modular panels. The frame is made of PVC or Aluminum and the panels are multi-layer sandwich panels: the outermost layers are made of PVC, Thermowood or colored Aluminum based on the context. The second layer is a reticulated metal sheet coated with TiO2, and the central layer is a reticulated sheet of stainless steel connected to a power source for electrostatics.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
The main frame is 10cm deep and its other dimensions are determined by the size of the window, as it installs on windows. Similarly, the panels’ width depends on the window size. Each panel is 20cm high and the set of the panels is located at the center of the frame with a margin of 10cm from top and bottom and 5cm from each side. The electromechanical equipment is located in the top margin and the dumpster is in the bottom margin. Also, the side margins accommodate the mechanisms for the panels’ position.

TAGS:
Shade, Light, Spirit, Air Purifier, Persian Motifs

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
This study is conducted as a developmental research. The study’s effort is to bring purified air accompanied with an essence of spiritual atmosphere to the houses in polluted cities. Data gathering was developed based on library studies, deep observations, interviews, and semiotics. Indoor air was chosen as the case, and after considering air purifiers, window was chosen as the meaning of breathing & purity. Iranian architectural elements were considered similar to the purpose.

CHALLENGE:
The hardest part of this design was choosing the way air pollution can be reduced in an efficient manner. Also, how beauty and meaning can be brought to a practical, harsh product. For the first challenge we passed through multitude of products in different contexts to finally reach a window to let the outdoor air inside, in polluted arias. In the second part, it was a hard job to combine functionality with hidden layers of meaning and beauty to make houses a pleasant place to live and rest.

ADDED DATE:
2017-02-28 17:38:23

TEAM MEMBERS (4) :
Amin Zeighami, Venus Jalali, Hilda Taheri and Ali Mahmoudi

IMAGE CREDITS:
Ali Mahmoudi, 2016.

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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
Breathing Spirit Studio

PROFILE:
The Breathing Spirit Studio was founded by Amin Zeighami, Ali Mahmoudi, Venus Jalali and Hilda Taheri in May 2016. The purpose of the designs, propose by the studio are mainly sustainable solutions for better life. Studio has a cross & multi-disciplinary approach towards problems and challenges mostly environmental and cultural. Thus, utilizing different fields of science and technology, the studio focuses on solutions which are not only scientific, but also aesthetically appreciative with regards to usability and ergonomics. Creating a linkage between science and people’s lives is the mission of the studio and has to be done within the realm of human centered designs. The first actual product of the studio is a self-client project to solve the issues of polluted air in congested urban areas and indoor environments which was done by the collaboration of chemical engineers and designers to develop an underemployed function of a chemical substance and deliver it to the area of domiciliary products; the work scope of the studio is not home products though. Nonetheless, The Breathing Spirit always consider discover solutions to everyday people’s lives, explore for solutions in science and shape them in a way in which people can actually use them. Projects of the studio are now under the category of environment and culture. Due to the initiative steps of the studio, most of the projects being worked on, are academics oriented rather than client driven. Hence, the projects are fully self-funded or get budget from an academic organization per se; however, the office is established off-campus.

NOMINATION DETAILS

Breathing Spirit Air-Purifying Shade by Ali Mahmoudi is a Nominee in Building Materials, Construction Components, Structures & Systems Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

Breathing Spirit Air-Purifying Shade by Ali Mahmoudi is Winner in Building Materials, Construction Components, Structures & Systems Design Category, 2016 - 2017.



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