Local renewable materials–native algae and vegetation, recycled glass and low-tech methods of construction– reshape the existing site into a colorful textured landscape. Modular solar collectors with parabolic trough mirrors and lightweight composite structures are layered with iridescent coatings that reflect different fragments of the visible light spectrum. A system of open saltwater ponds supports the growth of algae for biofuel production and highlights the chromatically diverse nature of the species. Oils are extracted from the algae and converted to biofuel via photosynthesis, with a per-acre optimal yield of up to 10,000 gallons of oil per acre. The open algae pond system is also intended as a means to attract bird species to support the goal of attracting and engaging the adjacent wildlife sanctuary.
Chromatic Energy Landscape receives a special mention in the 2013 Architizer A+ Awards Architecture + Sustainability category, and was published in Evolo’s online magazine.
Chromatic Energy Landscape was featured in CHANGE: Architecture and Engineering in the Middle East, 2000–Present at the Center for Architecture