‘DesertSeal’ is a tent designed for the extreme environment of the desert. By taking advantage of the daytime heat gradient of arid regions, fresh air is drawn inside by an electrical fan placed at the top of the tent which is powered by a flexible solar panel installed across its exterior face.
The overall shape is informed by aerodynamic considerations and allows users to enter in a standing position. Air-filled columns ensure stability in the event of wind and the special silver fabric protects the interior space from the sun.
Design Team: Architecture and Vision – Arturo Vittori and Andreas Vogler
Prototype: Aero Sekur, Aprilia, Italie Model: Self Group, Rivigniano, Italie
Public Relations: Céline Laurière
Photographer: Mauro Mattioli, Céline Laurière
Support and Collaboration: – Lille3000 for helping on the realization of the prototype N°3 – Roberto Vittori, European Astronauts Corps, Cologne, Germany – VHF-Technologies SA, Yverdon-Les-Bains, Switzerland – ESA Technology Transfer Office, Noordwjick, Netherlands – Aero Sekur S.p.A, Aprilia (Latina), Italy – Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA – Museum of Science & Industry, Chicago, USA