Aera - Breathing Ceramic Tiles
Design & Concept - Choni Beigel
Mentor - Ilan Lior
As a recent graduate ( BsDesign) in Industrial design from the Bezalel School for Art and Design where my interest is to strive for designing a sustainable and kinder world, I have sought to find a solution for the lack of recyclable and earth-friendly building products in industrial sized construction projects. This, in turn, has led me to material development using frequency vibration technologies with which I created a new type of hyper porous ceramic brick which I have named Aera.
As global temperatures continue to rise, electricity consumption for cooling is also on the rise, electrical companies are constantly battling with the overwhelming pressure to provide sufficient energy to cool homes and institutions.
Architects, designers, engineers and builders are actively seeking to harness new high-end technology to figure out the best airflow and cooling strategies in buildings in order to minimize the use of traditionally expensive and potentially harmful air conditioning and other high energy ventilation strategies.
My project, Aera introduces an innovative way to help reduce the strain on electric grids and reduce pollutants and emissions by harnessing ancient techniques in a modified material.
The system is composed of hyper porous ceramic tiles which trap water and act as a conduit to gradually cool air.
The ability to reduce the temperature of a room by even a degree or two is a proven saving strategy, as sometimes that is all that is needed to shift from an uncomfortable environment which is less conducive to work to a comfortable productive working or living space.
Integrating Aera tiles into construction and buildings of the future could save millions of dollars yearly in lost energy through traditional air cooling systems. Aera tiles are ceramic and therefore completely recyclable.
In addition, Aera tiles may also be used as a host platform to provide a hydroponic base for plants and lichen to adhere to the tiles creating a layer of added insulation to better retain thermal emissions. This, in turn, provides natural filtration for incoming and outgoing air flow.
Aera ceramics also has the ability to suck water upwards defying gravity, by capillary action.