Rainwater surfaces that absorb greenhouse gases

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rainwater, surfaces that absorb greenhouse gases, surfaces that collect clean water from fog, surfaces that reduce drag. And this is only the beginning. Engineered surfaces may sequester kinetic energy from movement or solar energy from sunlight, increasing the sustainability of a building (or superyacht?). Biomimetic solutions (elements, models and systems that imitate those found in nature) potentially promise a great deal: Radical increases in resource efficiency A move from linear to closed loop cycles A move from the fossil fuel economy to a solar economy [26] Given the superyacht’s large carbon footprint, and its need for self-sufficiency when at sea, it would seem imperative to adopt these materials where feasible. The Las Palmas Water Theatre concept by Grimshaw Architects (Figure 19) takes inspiration from the Namibian fog-basking beetle [27], and proposes a way to create fresh desalinated water in the desert – beautiful and essential. Figure 19: Las Palmas Water Theatre concept by Grimshaw [28] Of course, much easier than mimicking nature, we can simply use it as a surface material. Living (or green) roofs and façades are frequently becoming part of architectural solutions where climates are conducive to their prosperity. While not impossible to cultivate vegetation on a superyacht, it is not without challenges. 3.2.7 PATINATION/LONGEVITY ‘Our aim… is to revise the sense of the ending of an architectural project, not to see finishing as the final moment of construction, but to see the unending deterioration of a finish that results from weathering, the continuing metamorphosis of the building itself, as part of its beginning(s) and its ever-changing “finish.”’ Mostafavi & Leatherbarrow [29] Painted surfaces, plastics and composites are arguably at their most beautiful when brand new, but what about materials that become more beautiful with time, materials that age and weather gracefully, materials that record the narrative of use? Superyachts must endure harsh climatic conditions as well as wear from
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users. Both decking and hardware are usually specified for longevity, but is there an opportunity to introduce upright surface materials that will age as well? There are sustainable as well as aesthetic arguments for investing in surfaces with increased longevity. The ultimate goal of the Design for Longevity movement is the immortal product [30]. There are increasing numbers of buildings utilising materials that age conspicuously. Ron Arad’s Design Museum Holon (Figure 20) uses six ribbons of Corten steel to bind spaces together and mark circulation routes. Corten or Weathering steel forms a stable rust- like surface after prolonged outdoor exposure, eliminating the need for paint – a contemporary and alternative to lead, copper or aluminium.
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