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Polar Umbrella Could Protect And Regenerates Ice Caps

This year’s eVolo Skyscraper Challenge winner is a concept design that would enable research in the Arctic.

Emma Hutchings
Emma Hutchings on March 14, 2013.

American architect Derek Pirozzi has been awarded first place in this year’s eVolo Skyscraper Competition for his ‘Polar Umbrella’ concept design. The proposal aims to rebuild the Arctic layers, cooling down the Earth’s surface by reducing heat gain in vulnerable regions of the Arctic.

The umbrella-shaped, buoyant structures could be strategically located in the most affected areas. The skyscraper would enable research in the Arctic thanks to its NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) research laboratories, renewable power stations, dormitory-style housing units, eco-tourist attractions, and ecological habitats for wildlife.

Polar Umbrella Protects And Regenerates Ice Caps

It would also regenerate polar ice caps, using harvest chambers that freeze the ocean water. The skyscraper creates renewable energy from salt water through an osmotic (salinity gradient power) power facility housed inside the structure’s core. The large umbrella reduces heat gain on the Arctic surface while harvesting solar energy, and its thermal skin features a series of modules composed of a polyethylene piping system that pumps brackish water.

Derek Pirozzi

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