Time: 4 month
Tools: Brainstorming, Rhinoceros, Keyshot, Photoshop, Milling, Physical
Prototyping, Illustrator, Photoshop, Laser Cutter
Task: Redesign Todays Heat Reservoirs
Faculty: Prof. Frank Georg Zebner
Cooperation: Bosch Thermotechnique
The concept "Squeat" deal with the integration of three stations: fresh water, solar station and boiler into a heat reservoir. A cylindric form is the optimum form for water flow and pressure compensation but not for optimum use of space. Therefore squeat uses the seemingly lost space around the heat reservoir to place the stations inside a squared surrounding construction. This construction is a key element, as it not only allows to make optimum use of space, integrates the stations with shorter pipes and allows easierer transportation, but is also the framework for placing the isolation elements.
The conical form of the isolation elements generates a twist which continues through the reservoir. This twist allows the production of identically shaped isolation elements and makes the production cheaper and the stack effective. Furthermore, the twist is split into three parts by intermediate elements that separate the storage of the three stations.
Stiff surfaces turn into dynamic motions that represents energy. Evenly distributed red grooves between the isolation elements stretch the heat reservoir and make it seem thinner and taller.
A display on the heat reservoir provides the owner with information about water consumption, average temperature and solar yield. It invites the owner to deal with the function and information and get a better understanding of what the product does. The display replaces the former bulky pressure indicator and captivates with simple, flat technology.
The starting point of the project was to understand how a heat reservoir and each of the station work. Once the mechanism and function was clear I started looking at the place people position their reservoirs in and see how I could make the best possible use of space. Outlining space and taking a look from the top view allowed me to think about shapes that would enabled me to save space, followed by several low fidelity prototypes to communicate which shapes would come with which advantages/disadvantages. I quickly made use of Rhino to visualize my first ideas and iterated on my primary concept by switching between sketching new ideas, prototyping and visualising shapes with Rhino.