Thursday 01 March, 2012

Electric Vehicle Charging Station Winning Proposal: Plug + Play / HMMY


Courtesy of HMMY

The first prize in the DesignByMany competition for the Electric Vehicle Charging Station was recently awarded to HMMY for their Plug + Play proposal. Their design functions as a visual meter of the substantial gap between the production and consumption of energy. This generates a renewed consciousness of energy use in our modern lives. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Courtesy of HMMY

The led surface of the “plug and play” lights up like a battery indicator, lighting up to a full charge, and dimming down as it powers an electric car. In an entirely playful fashion, it also reverses the negative stigma associated with the smoke stack form of a traditional power plant.

axonometric and section

Our project challenges the conventional centralized electric charging station typology, proposing a decentralized, modular system which “plugs in” next to 30 minute activity (play) zones throughout the urban context, taking full advantage of the 30 minute charge time for most electric vehicles. This model is facilitated by the size of the unit – fitting neatly into two adjacent, standard parking spots. Any extra energy generated by the photovoltaic panels on the “plug + play”surface feeds back into the local energy grid.

Electric Vehicle Charging Station Winning Proposal: Plug + Play (1) Courtesy of HMMY
Electric Vehicle Charging Station Winning Proposal: Plug + Play (2) Courtesy of HMMY
Electric Vehicle Charging Station Winning Proposal: Plug + Play (3) axonometric and section
Electric Vehicle Charging Station Winning Proposal: Plug + Play (4) consciousness diagram
Electric Vehicle Charging Station Winning Proposal: Plug + Play (5) decentralization diagram
Electric Vehicle Charging Station Winning Proposal: Plug + Play (6) grid diagram
Electric Vehicle Charging Station Winning Proposal: Plug + Play (7) stigma diagram
Electric Vehicle Charging Station Winning Proposal: Plug + Play (8) sun diagram
Electric Vehicle Charging Station Winning Proposal: Plug + Play (9) use diagram
Electric Vehicle Charging Station Winning Proposal: Plug + Play (10) power plant diagrams

Electric Vehicle Charging Station Winning Proposal: Plug + Play / HMMY originally appeared on ArchDaily, the most visited architecture website on 01 Mar 2012.

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