michael jantzen

michael jantzen

Santa Fe, NM, US


The Radius Workplace

The Radius Workplace was designed as a special kind of prefabricated, modular, interactive, functional art structure, designed to stimulate the creativity of its

occupants. The structure is 26 feet in diameter and 14 feet high. It is constructed from sustainably grown painted wood products, steel, and glass. There is a 12-foot diameter steel and glass cylindrical structure in the center. Four wooden slotted screens mounted on wheels can be pulled around the cylinder in many different ways, in order to control the amount of light and heat from the sun, which enters the steel and glass workspace. The screens can also be used to control the degree of privacy required by the occupant. Eleven windows around the top portion of the perimeter of the steel and glass cylinder can be opened for ventilation.

The electrical power requirements for the workplace is supplied by a small vertical

axis wind turbine, mounted on the top of the structure. Photovoltaic solar cells could also be added to supplement the wind turbine. The electrical energy captured from the wind or from the sun, is stored in a series of batteries housed beneath the floor.

The Radius Workplace has many potential uses including a meditation space, yoga studio, party house, greenhouse, and/or artist studio. In this case, the workplace shown is fitted with a moveable center desk and chair structure that supports several computers, work surfaces, and storage cabinets. There is a specially designed light and ceiling fan combination mounted above the desk

The prefabricated structure can be placed almost anywhere with a minimal need for a foundation.

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Status: Unbuilt