Although energy-efficient home heating, not cooling, is more likely to be on everyone's brains now that summer is officially dones-ville, there's a certain passive cooling device that's been making a splash on the green design circuit over the past couple of days.
Mey Kahn and Boaz Kahn of Israeli design firm Studio Kahn took home third prize at Korea's green-minded IIDA Awards 2010 for the Ecooler, a beautifully designed system of hollow ceramic tiles that uses water to cool balmy living spaces.
Here's more about the Ecooler in the designers' own words:
The 'Ecooler' tile screen offers an alternative for cooling internal spaces without the use of electricity it is based on a hollow ceramic tile that can carry and transfer water. Using a designated connector, it can be connected to other tiles, creating a natural cooling screen. 'Ecooler' is a combination between two traditional middle-eastern elements: the mashrabiya and the jara. The mashrabiya is an architectural element that bears social values as a mediator between the inside and the outside. It is designed to allow air and light into internal spaces. The jara is an ancient jug used for cooling water by seepage and evaporation through the clay. Unlike today's air conditioner that creates separation between the user and the environment while exaggerating climate conditions, the 'Ecooler' system takes responsibility and allows you to live in harmony with the environment.
Congrats to Studio Kahn on the big win!