Solar Powered Bus Shelter + Interactive & Educational
Curitiba/ Brazil, 2016

Jury Honorable Mention: Team 39 - 2016 Design Competition for a Solar Powered Shelter Interactive & Education at Concordia University/Montreal 

Students: Team 39: Alessandra Leitão Montani, Giulliano Chiarello Zanlorenzi, Gustavo C. J. Paris, Jean Nkaya Kashala, Juliana Aparecida Hirayama, Larissa Tami Shinohara

External View

The proposed equipment aims not only to serve the students use the University of Concordia but others as well. More than anything, it is an amplifying element of academic experiences, with the potential to create a closer relation between students and the society in general.
In order to meet these objectives, the design of the shelter was conceived from the following basic principles, to which all the project decisions are subject:

1 - Knowledge meets community – Here, the shelter is understood to be an urban and versatile tool, capable of promoting the relationship between the academic community and its neighbors. To accomplish this, the design concept begins with a basic 2.5m x 2.5m module, which may be assembled with other modules in numerous ways, serving the most varied functions. 

2 - Environmentally conscious – The relationship between urban necessities and the environment maintains a complementary nature, creating new uses for ill-disposed city spaces while promoting nature conservation. Such a perspective stipulated a small footprint design. By elevating the shelter, little to no damage is done to the implantation site as it touches the soil at only four points. Additionally, clean energy production is made possible due to the installation of photovoltaic panels on the roof, which is inclined at a 45° angle, allowing the use of sunlight all year round.

3 – Replicability – This principle is aligned with the intention to make the equipment easily reproduced elsewhere, highlighting the previously cited experiences, for other geographical locations and social strata. This consideration justifies the use of pre-manufactured and low maintenance material: steel for the structure and polycarbonate and OSB sheets for the enclosures.

Association Possibilities
The module

The basic module is a steel clad box on stilts with 2.5m x 2.5m based. 

Four metallic columns rise from the base, one pair side to side with 2.5m tall and 2 others, with 5m tall.

A metallic bracing structure made by diagonal part placed in the lateral side.

A 45° angulation roof facing the south which allows the photovoltaic cells panels having a better sun incidence during all seasons.

Formally it becomes an association of triangles and squares, that can be associated to each other and extend the model.

A façade created by a mix of wood or a double polycarbonate wall following the pattern pop up by the structure. The walls have a thermally insulated layer that provides a comfort temperature during winter time. 

An embedded furniture localized inside the shelter, such as benches that hides the solar home system and provide AC power plugs to charge small eletronics advices. 
The proposed association and materials
Solar Energy System

The solar home system, or simply SHS, is a stand-alone photovoltaic system that offers a cost-effective mode of supplying amenity power for lighting and appliances to remote off-grid households.

It is composed of one or more photovoltaic modules consisting of solar cells, a charge controller which distributes power and protects the batteries and appliances from damage and one battery to store energy for use when the sun is not shining.

The SHS avoid greenhouse gas emissions by reducing the use of conventional energy resources like kerosene, gas or dry cell batteries or replacing diesel generators for electricity generation by transforming solar energy into electricity. 
Solar Energy System Diagram
Inside View
Night View
[ARQ] Shelter Interactive Educational | Competition CCC

[ARQ] Shelter Interactive Educational | Competition CCC

Project developed for the 2016 Design Competition for the Solar Powered Shelter Interactive & Education at Concordia University / Montreal and Ju Read More


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