Flower Wind Trees
The Dutch architectural firm NL Architects, based in Amsterdam, envisions a day when flower-like windmills dot the urban landscape. Their conceptual design for "Power Flowers" seeks to turn wind turbines into objects of desire.
The architects looked at a turbine already on the market called "Eddy," which the firm calls "strong, affordable, and silent." The original Eddy is under six feet tall and about 4.6 feet wide, making it easy to mount just about anywhere. A vertical axis design enables the carbon fiber and fiberglass turbines to produce a modest 945 kilowatt-hours per year from nearly any direction.
"With the emergence of smart grids, it perhaps becomes feasible to use smaller units that are less effective, but also less obtrusive," says the firm’s Power Flowers description. "Can we 'domesticate' the turbines?"
To find out, the architects overlaid their design onto numerous photographs of suburbia as well as famous locations, including London and Rome.