Airship Traveling by Thomas Rodemeier
march 28, 2011
salt lake desert
architecture student: Thomas Rodemeier (www.rodemeier.de)
from: ETH Zurich
professor: Gregor Eichinger
presentation: May 2010
locate: around the world
category: house,experiment design
In Spring semester 2010, the chair of Professor Gregor Eichinger at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich was able to gain Alex Wiederin, Creative Director of Bureau New York as a potential client. His wish was to design a highly flexible and mobile hotel for himself and his friends with a five-star ambiente, and at the same time he asked for a technical and organisational solution. Beside the design for the living spaces Wiederin also asked for new furniture fitting to the general design.
Instead of several separate and portable Living-Modules, a closed system in the shape of an airship has been created. Accordingly a high range of flexibility and comfort could be assured. To be analogous to a nurse-shark, who is able to stay on the ground during recovery and change position if required, the airship also provides the opportunity for a long term stay after landing or a short term stay during a journey through. In the transient status a telescope anchorfoot is lowered and the lifting gas is kept in the dome above. In this case, the airship turns automatically around this fulcrum to the best position to the wind. This foot also allows the utilization of the lower living-spaces in the airship.
In the case of a long term stay, the helium is exchanged to oxygen and allows for further living-space and a floor for sportive activities. As power a cinetic device of Festo has been sheduled. Solar panels on the roof feed the electric machines and support driving. So the airship moves like a gliding figure noiseless through the air.