The Nave terracotta system cools indoor air without the use of electricity

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Israeli designer Yael Issakharov presents the concept of the Nave installation, made of terracotta tiles, which, in combination with the flow of water, provides coolness in the premises.

The cooling process begins when water enters the cavity of the structure. It passes through the hygroscopic walls of the material and turns into water vapor under the influence of air heat. Thanks to this, the heat is absorbed, cooling the water, the material and, accordingly, the air in the room, write Designboom.

Nave in the form of a wall partition. Photo: Holon Institute of Technology

Nave works without the use of electricity, but its settings can be changed, in particular, to set the necessary temperature indicators or humidity indicators in the room. The operation of the air conditioning system can be suspended or turned off at any time. 

This installation is adaptive, modular, it can complement any interior. Its design appeals to Arab architectural traditions and is reflected in the use of local materials and traditional ornaments. 

Nave is made of local materials. Photo: Holon Institute of Technology

While developing the concept of the new air conditioning system, Yael Issakharov was inspired by the works of the Egyptian architect Hassan Fathi and the Palestinian jari, a traditional terracotta container that is suspended from the ceiling and used to cool drinking water.

Nave in the form of wall tiles. Photo: Holon Institute of Technology

Nave in the form of a totem. Photo: Holon Institute of Technology

Nave is available in three variants: wall tile, partition and totem. All ceramic bodies are made of local terracotta, poured into plaster molds and made by slip casting. The special formula controls the processes of optimizing temperature, water consumption and humidity, and also prevents the development of mold. The construction is connected thanks to flexible parts made of recycled rubber.



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