Jantzen Unveils Solar-Powered Coffee House

23 September 2009 (Last Updated September 23rd, 2009 18:30)

US-based designer, Michael Jantzen has unveiled his Solar Winds Coffee House structure, which is to be powered by energy harnessed from the sun and wind. The structure will feature a huge vertical axis wind turbine mounted on top, along with an array of photovoltaic cells. T

US-based designer, Michael Jantzen has unveiled his Solar Winds Coffee House structure, which is to be powered by energy harnessed from the sun and wind.

The structure will feature a huge vertical axis wind turbine mounted on top, along with an array of photovoltaic cells.

The coffee house will house a geothermal heat pump which ensures structural temperature control and an option to gather rainwater.

The central cylindrical portion of the cafe will have a large skylight and natural ventilation system and will feature a central counter and serving area with tables and seating around the perimeter.

The north-facing deck will be shaded by a large undulating roof made of seven large ribbon-like canopies and will feature additional tables and seating.

The structure will be constructed from sustainable materials, but as yet no location has been named.