‘ecooler’ by mey kahn and boaz kahn from israle is one of the third prize winners of ‘iida awards 2010‘,
organized by designboom in collaboration with incheon metropolitan city.
using passive and natural cooling methods, the ‘ecooler’ screen is a system of hollow ceramic tiles
that cools a room by running water through its channels.
designer’s own words:
the ‘ecooler’ tile screen offers an alternative for cooling internal spaces without the use of electricity
it is based on a hollow ceramic tile that can carry and transfer water. using a designated connector,
it can be connected to other tiles, creating a natural cooling screen. ‘ecooler’ is a combination between
two traditional middle-eastern elements: the mashrabiya and the jara. the mashrabiya is an architectural
element that bears social values as a mediator between the inside and the outside. it is designed to allow
air and light into internal spaces. the jara is an ancient jug used for cooling water by seepage and
evaporation through the clay. unlike today’s air conditioner that creates separation between the user
and the environment while exaggerating climate conditions, the ‘ecooler’ system takes responsibility
and allows you to live in harmony with the environment.
four tiles configured together
the two traditional middle-eastern elements: the jara (to the left) and the mashrabiya (to the right)
rendering of ‘ecooler’ tile screen
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