3/07/2011

The Lunar Cubit by Robert Flottemesch, Jen DeNike, Johanna Balhaus and Adrian P. De Luca

New York based team composed of Robert Flottemesch, Jen DeNike, Johanna Balhaus and Adrian P. De Luca have been awarded for the 2010 Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI) design competition. In the hope of having more information, I will merely present the guideline of this project.
The Lunar Cubit © Robert Flottemesch, Jen DeNike, Johanna Balhaus and Adrian P. De Luca
© Robert Flottemesch, Jen DeNike, Johanna Balhaus and Adrian P. De Luca

The Lunar Cubit articulates two main elements: the pyramid and energy efficiency. This project is announced to be an energy-saving installation in accordance with the eco-smart Masdar City's master plan. The pyramid measures a total of 50 meters high. The exterior will be covered by frameless solar panels. It will be surrounded by eight scaled 22-meter tall pyramids, wrapped with solar panels. Their function will be to absorb energy, that will be, then, channeled through buried cables to the center pyramid.
© Robert Flottemesch, Jen DeNike, Johanna Balhaus and Adrian P. De Luca

The Lunar Cubit is announced to produce enough energy to power 250 homes daily. The arrangement in circular of the pyramids that creates a lunar reflects the Muslim culture and art history. The lunar is central in the Muslim calendar as it is used to determine proper time for religious observances and events. These pyramids will light up according to the moon's phase.
© Robert Flottemesch, Jen DeNike, Johanna Balhaus and Adrian P. De Luca

These pyramids will house wires and electronics, buried cables with aim of, first, creating a sleek and modern piece of art, second, creating physical engagement with the Lunar Cubit.
© Robert Flottemesch, Jen DeNike, Johanna Balhaus and Adrian P. De Luca

The Pyramid is a reference to the ancient Egyptian architecture. The proportion of these eight pieces will match those of the Great Pyramid at Giza. The term "Cubit" is the ancient Egyptian royal cubit, which was in fact the first recorded measure of length.
© Robert Flottemesch, Jen DeNike, Johanna Balhaus and Adrian P. De Luca
© Robert Flottemesch, Jen DeNike, Johanna Balhaus and Adrian P. De Luca

The Lunar Cubit will be located outside Masdar City, world's first carbon neutral city.


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