“Green Lantern House” by Carlos García González
“The “Green lantern house” take advantage of the luminescent properties of some materials in order to generate a light accumulator to be used during the late hours of the day and reduce the energy consumption.
This project develops this concept in an isolated housing placed in a hypothetical field but it is itself a possible system to be implemented in several details of generic construction processes. It is composed basically of two parts: one luminescent outer shell and one perforated inner volume.
The luminescent outer shell is done by a metallic light structure that supports polycarbonate panels with a transparent varnish with photoluminescent properties in its cells. It generates a sort of greenhouse that set up the first layer of protection and performs in different ways during hot and cold seasons thanks to the folding openings widely developed in many successful projects.
The space in the middle of both main pieces is an interesting courtyard in which expand the experience of the house living, including the roof of the inner box where we’ve designed a home garden.
The perforated inner volume is a unique space where some necessary functions of the housing take place on it. It is embedded in the ground to take advantage of soil constant temperature and its elevations are multi perforated so light from the outer shell can be introduced through its holes thereby generating a green atmosphere that provides enough clarity to develop some evening performances inside the house.
The “Green Lantern house” is committed with the use of the energy obtained from the solar radiation, accumulating it in an outer shell through a transparent varnish with photoluminescent properties and emitting the light during the evening to the inside and the outside of the house. There is an interesting feature of this varnish and it is that during the day it is completely transparent, (ie it doesn´t exist during the day), and it only lights during the night.
The fireflies, some kind of fishes from the deep sea, some types of wood and certain minerals and metal sulfides, have the property of luminescence. The house “Green Lantern” would remain to this kind of special kingdom in which magic and nature blend in a wonderful and useful gesture.
Program: Housing /// Place: non-especified /// Competition “More with less emissions”, UPM, Austrian Energy Agency, Schneider Electric and Intelligent Energy Europe program, May 2012, Accesit /// Architects: Carlos García González, Alejandro Jesús González Cruz, Tomás Pineda Pérez