Self Storage Intervention
Using Building Infrastructure to Enhance Windfarms

                                         Mic...
Concept
Creating the Urban Wind Farm
Concept
Site
Everett, MA
Site
                               Everett, MA

                                Competition
Only two facilities within a ...
Existing
     Abandoned Industrial Lot
Adjacent to Shopping Complex
          and Industrial Yards
Intervention
Current Pier - Boston
   The Urban Wind Farm
  Public Park & Shoreline
           Zypher Storage
        Blad...
Planning Precedent
Deer Island, Winthrop, MA

   Where the natural and
     the industrial meet
Seated Within the Context
Activating the Site
The Introduced Geometry
  A Shape and Orientation that
    Maximize Wind-Harnessing
Seasonal Winds
Summer from the WNW
    Winter from the E
Wind Compression
         Compressed Wind Accelerates
             as it Approaches Turbine

Faster wind = greater energy ...
Wind Compression
         Compressed Wind Accelerates
             as it Approaches Turbine

Faster wind = greater energy ...
Roof Plan
Tall Parapet, Turbine Access
Two Turbine Design
                                                                 Traditional Prop & FloDesign Hoop




...
Site Sections
Bottleneck Grid
Colored FloDesign Turbines Suspended in Tensile Diagrid
Turbine Totems
Colored FloDesign Turbines OffShore
Hybridized Windmill
Prop Turbine Shares Structure with the Building
Self Storage Building Section
6 Stories of Storage Topped with a 24’ Parapet
E Building Section
Blade Ultra Lounge and Club at the Penthouse
          Retail and Dining on the Waterfront
A Unified Structural System
A ZigZag Truss System adds Rigidity to the Buildings
              and Supports the Suspended ...
Typical Ground Floor
Parking, Retail and Storage
Typical Upper Floor
            Storage
Turbine Floor (6th)
     Storage, Turbines
Typical Ground Floor
Parking, Retail and Storage
Typical Ground Floor
Parking, Retail and Storage
The New Shoreline




                    Blade Ultralounge
Current Pier Boston
                  Boston’s Newest Attraction
Home of Zephyr Storage and Blade Ultralounge

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Wind generation can be enhanced by hybridizing the wind farm form with strategically shaped and placed buildings. These buildings act to catch, direct and accelerate wind currents.

The self storage program is one that is adaptable to any footprint and apolitical enough to be placed within almost any context. Additionally, self storage makes for a cheap yet profitable placeholder-tenant. This allows construction to begin prior to locking in serious tenants.

The intervention as a whole acts to invigorate the industrial banks of the Mystic River with a waterfront park and boardwalk peppered with amenities. This park will compliment the upcoming Assembly Square shopping development and T Stop across the river.

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Final Graduate Thesis: Self Storage Intervention

  1. 1. Self Storage Intervention Using Building Infrastructure to Enhance Windfarms Michael W Griffin Masters Thesis Studio Final Thesis Review I. Rupnik 4.27.2010
  2. 2. Concept Creating the Urban Wind Farm
  3. 3. Concept
  4. 4. Site Everett, MA
  5. 5. Site Everett, MA Competition Only two facilities within a one mile radius
  6. 6. Existing Abandoned Industrial Lot Adjacent to Shopping Complex and Industrial Yards
  7. 7. Intervention Current Pier - Boston The Urban Wind Farm Public Park & Shoreline Zypher Storage Blade Ultralounge Dining & Retail
  8. 8. Planning Precedent Deer Island, Winthrop, MA Where the natural and the industrial meet
  9. 9. Seated Within the Context
  10. 10. Activating the Site
  11. 11. The Introduced Geometry A Shape and Orientation that Maximize Wind-Harnessing
  12. 12. Seasonal Winds Summer from the WNW Winter from the E
  13. 13. Wind Compression Compressed Wind Accelerates as it Approaches Turbine Faster wind = greater energy generation Design Uses 2 Turbine Types
  14. 14. Wind Compression Compressed Wind Accelerates as it Approaches Turbine Faster wind = greater energy generation Design Uses 2 Turbine Types
  15. 15. Roof Plan Tall Parapet, Turbine Access
  16. 16. Two Turbine Design Traditional Prop & FloDesign Hoop Iconic Image for Green Living Jet Engine Technology Awe Inspiring Size and Hypnotic Motion Many Small Blades on a Hoop Creates Less Wind Turbulence Can work at faster speeds Safer - Can be placed in Open Public Areas Utilizes higher percentage of wind’s potential
  17. 17. Site Sections
  18. 18. Bottleneck Grid Colored FloDesign Turbines Suspended in Tensile Diagrid
  19. 19. Turbine Totems Colored FloDesign Turbines OffShore
  20. 20. Hybridized Windmill Prop Turbine Shares Structure with the Building
  21. 21. Self Storage Building Section 6 Stories of Storage Topped with a 24’ Parapet
  22. 22. E Building Section Blade Ultra Lounge and Club at the Penthouse Retail and Dining on the Waterfront
  23. 23. A Unified Structural System A ZigZag Truss System adds Rigidity to the Buildings and Supports the Suspended Turbines
  24. 24. Typical Ground Floor Parking, Retail and Storage
  25. 25. Typical Upper Floor Storage
  26. 26. Turbine Floor (6th) Storage, Turbines
  27. 27. Typical Ground Floor Parking, Retail and Storage
  28. 28. Typical Ground Floor Parking, Retail and Storage
  29. 29. The New Shoreline Blade Ultralounge
  30. 30. Current Pier Boston Boston’s Newest Attraction Home of Zephyr Storage and Blade Ultralounge thank you.

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