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Rotating Wind Shelter

Award: Wood Pencil

Wood Pencil / Environmental Design / Public Space & Community / 2007

The shelters are designed to rotate according to the prevailing wind direction to shield the occupants from the elements. The shape was born out of a distillation of the key elements: a vane, which will turn the structure, and a baffle that will shelter the inhabitant from the wind. Extensive testing and development work was carried out to establish the performance of the shelters, looking specifically at the accuracy according to wind direction and also the speed of rotation. The shelter is eight metres tall and manufactured from resilient Duplex stainless steel. It sits on a four metre diameter turntable, which incorporates a damper to control the speed of rotation.

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