Imagine a tree that stores solar energy during the day in order to illuminate your garden, park, … during nighttime. Voila, there you have the ‘SonUmbra’, a solar tree that looks great. Especially the latter part, the aesthetics, weren’t often up to par with lots of similar experiments that where done by other designers in the past.
The ‘SonUmbra’ was invented by Loop.pH, a design studio founded in 2003 by Mathias Gmachl and Rachel Wingfield. In their design practice they link biological principles, digital media, participatory practice and arts and crafts. They specialize in the design and fabrication of ephemeral textile architecture and urban interventions which account for ecologically parameters and principles of community engagement. www.lichtstroeme.de