Helios Rehab Sanctuary [Solar + Healing] / Team CLS


Designed by Team CLS, headed by award winning UK Architect Darren Chan, other members including Emily Lau (Architecture Graduate) and Jonas Sin (Netherlands Architect), the “Helios Rehab Sanctuary” innovates in application of sustainable technologies to create a new and exciting typology. Additional images and a brief description can be found after the break.

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Within an ethereal rehabilitating tower, shades of society gather forming communities of hope. Occupants are treated with supported clean peaceful living. The tower, vertically zoned, focuses on healing the BODY (lower), MIND (mid-section) and SPIRIT (high).

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Truly sustainable cities should focus on the economy of resources but also the health of the people. Diminished portions of the community briefly “escape” pressured living to rehabilitate within the tower and ultimately release back into society. Sufferers are included in sympathetic micro-communities living in specialized environments whilst contributing to society.

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The tensegrity-network-based outer-frame houses horizontal access, connecting occupants to their pods via green ramps surrounding central functions. The “hexa-skin” and pod shells incorporate air pollution cleansing TX-Active (Titanium Dioxide) integrated white panels which also reflect light onto the Solyndra Solar rod arrays encasing the kinetic pods. The Solyndra capture direct, diffused and reflected sunlight across 360-degree photovoltaic surfaces. Depending on climatic variation, it opens promoting cooling and the rod-system induces ventilation and views, it closes for protection, insulation and energy saving.

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Once diminished, users rejuvenate and support a healthy society. The shimmering tower acts as a beacon of hope to its parent city; a vertical rehab sanctuary.

Cite: Jarz, Hank. "Helios Rehab Sanctuary [Solar + Healing] / Team CLS" 08 Aug 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 30 May 2015. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=157076>
  • sfjohn

    While beautiful & a great idea, as a resident I can tell you it would NEVER get built – this is the town where NIMBY (Not in My Backyard) started and is the heart of obstructionism….