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michael jantzen

michael jantzen

Santa Fe, NM, US

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Cool Spots

Cool Spots

In light of global warming, Cool Spots were designed for use by anyone, however a primary focus was placed on providing cool temporary shelter for those who have no shelter or can’t afford to cool the shelter they do have.

Cool Spots are solar powered, public art, cylindrical shaped pavilions, designed to provide a cool place in which to retreat from the heat of the day. They were designed as prefabricated recyclable steel modules that can be placed almost anywhere. Each module has a large array of solar cells mounted onto the roof that make electricity from the sun to power a large ceiling fan (mounted at the center) along with night-lights, and power ports for electronic devices. The solar electricity can be used to power the ceiling fan, lights, and power ports directly through batteries, and/or the solar electricity can be sent into the local power grid, which in turn powers the Cool Spots. Each Cool Spot module is fitted with four large benches mounted around a circular table at the base of each structure and is mounted onto a circular concrete base.

Other larger Cool Spots have also been designed that incorporate more ceiling fans, solar cells, and places for people to sit, but these are not as portable as the cylindrical modules.

 
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Status: Unbuilt

 
Larger Cool Spot pavilion
Larger Cool Spot pavilion
Larger Cool Spot Pavilion
Larger Cool Spot Pavilion
Larger Cool Spot Pavilion
Larger Cool Spot Pavilion