MOLAT sustainable bus stop
molat: MUSHROOM - UMBRELLA - LAMP - JELLYFISH a sustainable bus stop proposal for Athens The purpose of the bus stop’s design is to create an urban refuge protecting commuters from all types of weather conditions, the function of which would not constitute a burden for the city, neither in terms of energy nor of finance. The absence of advertising space is a conscious decision, which led to the avoidance of creating -vertical- surfaces liable to be used for posting bills, even though it raised questions as to the efficiency of user protection from rain in windy conditions. It constitutes a totally autonomous entity, the energy being supplied through 336 photovoltaic panels of triangular shape, covering the dome-shaped roof. It produces heating in cold weather, cooling in summer, and lighting during the night. All electromechanical and electronic parts are located inside the dome, (heat pump, fans, lighting, coil etc). The ceiling is made of a rigid metal mesh, which protects the equipment and ensures free air circulation & the flow of artificial light. The entire structure is made of steel and is supported by a central pillar of hollow cylindrical cross section, through which cables and ducts can reach the city energy & water supplies, in case exchange of energy is needed. All information, routes, maps etc, are displayed on a convex metal board, which is attached to the central pillar, as is the circular seating structure. Users have unimpeded peripheral view, in order to be able to spot the approaching bus without having to give up their seat, or venture outside the covered/protected area. The size of the bus stop corresponds to the needs of city center hub stations and route terminals. This project was created upon invitation for HOME magazine (an Athens Voice quarterly edition) in OCTOBER 2008. From June to October 2009, molat is presented as part of the EMST (National Museum of Contemporary Art) exhibition: Expanded Ecologies. Perspectives in a Time of Emergency (Athens).

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