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Sky Like Coating Materials for Hypogeal and SkyScrapers Architectures

Objective

Building skyscrapers, Real Estate has to constantly deal with social, economical and political issues. Nowadays market calls for a less conflictual and more profitable development niche, until now especially limited by livability and psychological constrains coming from the absence of natural light: underground architecture, including earth-sheltered and earth-covered buildings.
Hypogeal spaces can tackle congestion, lack of open public space and aging infrastructures, exponentially increasing urban design opportunities to populate the “volume” contained by an over exploited earth surface. Underground can limit visual impact (zeroing main concerns about skyscrapers)and promote efficient land use in a noise and vibration-free environment, reducing energy costs by heat loss and daily temperature fluctuations control.
Until now the discomfort caused by sky and sun deprivation consents hypogeal architecture only where protection from harsh climate conditions and natural disasters count more than above mentioned discomfort.
SkyCoat, with a great leap underground, recreates the experience of natural light, obtained by complementary presence of both direct sun and diffused sky lights.
Disadvantages of hypogeal architecture, like limited or no natural light and negative psychological reactions, are blown away by the possibility of reproducing the sun and the sky many meters under the earth surface, therefore opening a new and unexplored territory for real estate investors, architecture designers and buildings end-users.
SkyCoat technology will also be verified in light design, testing how housing, offices, retail, industry and transport, can benefit from indoor natural light reproduction. At the same time, SkyCoat will be tested as coating material for skyscrapers: a thin layer of a nano-structured dichroic material will reflect warm sun light and scatter complementary cold sky component, allowing a tailor-made silhouette not necessarily corresponding to the building volume

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce
  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/coating and films
  • /social sciences/sociology/governance/crisis management
  • /natural sciences/earth and related environmental sciences/physical geography/natural disaster
  • /social sciences/social and economic geography/transport
  • /social sciences/psychology/psychotherapy
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/waste management/energy efficiency

Call for proposal

FP7-NMP-2012-SME-6
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Funding Scheme

CP-TP - Collaborative Project targeted to a special group (such as SMEs)

Coordinator

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DELL'INSUBRIA
Address
Via Ravasi 2
21100 Varese
Italy
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 674 080

Participants (13)

COELUX SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 982 650
Address
Via Cavour Polo Como Next 2
22074 Lomazzo
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
BARTENBACH GMBH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 240 491
Address
Rinner Strasse 14
6072 Aldrans
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EIDGENOESSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZUERICH
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 299 790
Address
Raemistrasse 101
8092 Zuerich
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
LECHLER SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 40 200
Address
Via Cecilio 17
22100 Como
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
NEXT LIMIT SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 261 000
Address
Calle Albasanz 15 Edificio B Planta Baja
28037 Madrid
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
CAPUTO PARTNERSHIP SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 125 600
Address
Vivale Elvezia 18
20154 Milano
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EKSPOBALTA
Lithuania
EU contribution
€ 238 900
Address
Kauno G. 36
03203 Vilnius
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
METROPOLITANA MILANESE SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 16 500
Address
Via Del Vecchio Politecnico 8
20121 Milano
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
SURVEY MARKETING + CONSULTING GMBH & CO. KG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 30 000
Address
Mittelstrasse 50
33602 Bielefeld
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
PRIMA RICERCA & SVILUPPO SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 94 800
Address
Via Campagna 92
22020 Faloppio Co
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EIKA UAB
Lithuania
EU contribution
€ 129 750
Address
Gostauto Gatve 40A
01112 Vilnius
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ODL SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 50 200
Address
Via Verdi 12
24121 Bergamo
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
SALCHI METALCOAT SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 40 200
Address
Viale Dell'industria 3A 3B
20875 Burago Di Molgora
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)