A rooftop vertical-axis wind turbine powers an exhibit inside the museum, and a skylight wind scoop
passively ventilates the building's main stairwell.
Designed by Marpillero Pollak Architects, the $3-million project includes a tent-like exterior pavilion (the Meadow Structure) that uses thin photovoltaic strips affixed to its fabric cover to produce electricity, a rooftop vertical-axis wind turbine that powers an exhibit inside the museum, and a skylight wind scoop
that passively ventilates the building's main stairwell.
Some part of me drifted off, like dust the wind scoops
up and blows someplace you never thought about.
For example, ancient Persian architecture included wind scoops
called "malqafs" that would even route air over a water fountain to cool it.
In effect, the hotter the sunshine becomes, the more efficient the process - a remarkably unostentatious and (so far - I was there on a very hot day) satisfactory example of a passively controlled internal climate, calm and without the fashionable trappings of dramatically expressed thermal chimneys or wind scoops
and solar panels catch and store the only energy available at this lodge, where telephone wires and TV antennas are as conspicuously absent as electrical lines.
With the remote control, the girl opens wind scoops
embedded in the walls of the house.