Project // Canada
Hous.E+ is designed to create not only a resourceful building regarding energy efficiency and sustainability but also well equipped to actively respond to future demands of smart grid systems where energy surplus is distributed and agriculture within the city is a reality. In this house water is not only stored and re-used but also is part of a energy cycle that generates power throughout a series of wall embedded micro hydro-turbines. Unnecessary transportation of materials is avoid making a significant difference into the overall carbon foot print emission balance. Hous.E+ is build upon a rammed earth wall technique that is unaffected by rain, fire or pests, plus it doesn't require any further finishing. The walls act like breathing structures, allowing air exchange without significant heat loss, working naturally as a thermal mass, storing heat in winter and rejecting in the summer, eliminating the need for air conditioning. Hous.E+ is set to produce more energy than it consumes.
Project manager: Leonardo Colucci
Hakimi Milavec Gallery
Competition // New York
In order to create a new identity to the gallery and unfold an unique urban experience, the idea explores simple design yet able to generate powerful outcomes. This in-between space is set to be embrace the foggy boundaries of privacy and property, where public and private are no longer defined by physical barriers but overlayed.
The space result is generated by the same elements that previously defined this area. Offsets from the original main entrance are layered over and followed rectangular subtractions of shapes featured from the main skin of the institute. The choice of material regards 2 aspects: sustainability and transparency. This tangible materiality is established by steel meshes, which are commonly used for construction, and therefore 100 % reusable.
Project manager: Leonardo Colucci
In association with Claire Rizzi
Urballoon // Italy
During the 2010 Milano Design Festival, Esterni ran an international competition to rediscover the importance of public spaces and attract designers and architects from around the world for its Public Design Festival 2010. In this competition, Polifactory was a finalist out of more than 70 entrants.
Our entry centered around using a low-cost helium balloon to call attention to temporary spaces frequented during daily life. The balloon, which could carry advertising or other publicity, was anchored by cords hanging to the ground which designated the perimeter of the space. Called the Urballoon, our invention could be used in a variety of public spaces including a public transport stop, a bar’s outdoor patio, a show room, and a bike parking station among others.
Pedro Almodovar Tribute
Sculpture // Spain
In 2008 there was a competition to honor the career of Pedro Almodovar in his hometown, Calzada de Calatrava, Spain through the creation of contemporary sculpture in its main plaza. The competition winner was Enproyecto Arquitectura which tasked Polifactory Founder and Alvaro Leonardo to be the lone engineering consultant, to execute the structural and construction design processes. The sculpture is an elevated concrete span 15 meters long with a robust and heavy body to frame the La Mancha landscape visible in the distance. Through a variety of engineering strategies and techniques, Leonardo was able to devise a plan to lighten the concrete in the overhead beam and ensure the sculpture could be constructed.