As part of the exhibition "GLOBAL" at the ZKM in Karlsruhe we present an indoor cloud in collaboration with the Japanese architect Tetsuo Kondo. It will be possible to experience Cloudscapes until September 27th 2015.
The ability to touch, feel, and walk through the clouds is a notion drawn from many of our fantasies. Gazing out of airplane windows, high above the earth, we often daydream of what it might be like to live in this ethereal world of fluffy vapor.
Transsolar KlimaEngineering and Tetsuo Kondo Architects create Cloudscapes where visitors can experience a real cloud from below, within, and above floating in the center of the Museum ZKM. Visitors find a path that is akin the normal experience of walking through a garden. The path winds through Cloudscapes appearing and disappearing. The house with its various levels, facades and courtyards, allows insights and outlooks.Sometimes people only see the other people across the cloud while the path is obscured. The cloud is based on the physical phenomenon of saturated air, condensed water droplets accumulated around condensation seeds floating in the space. The atmospheres above and below the cloud have different qualities of light, temperature, and humidity, separating the spaces by a filter effect. The cloud can be touched, and it can be felt as different microclimatic conditions coincide. The scene is set underneath an artificial sky where people are changing the cloud and meeting each other.
Architect: Tetsuo Kondo Architects, Tokyo
Cloud Technology: Transsolar KlimaEngineering - Jan Mehnert, Max Bauer, Samuel Meile, Ara Mikel, Matthias Rammig, Matthias Schuler, Muyang Wang
Concept Consulting: Anja Thierfelder, freie Architektin, Stuttgart
Scaffolding Ramp: IBEK Gerüstbau, Vaihingen/Enz
Scaffolding Tower: Kammerer Gerüstbau, Karlsruhe
Wood Construction: Schreinerei Gräßle, Vaihingen/Enz
HVAC: R+S Haustechnische Systeme, Düsseldorf, Freiburg