Avo: self-cleaning fishtank
This fish tank gets a lot of points for style, but better is the fact that it also doesn’t need it’s filter to be cleaned or water to be changed. It has a self-maintaining system that combines a sustainable bacteria-laden filter and plants growing in the bowl to form a cycle that keeps the bowl clean. It also features automated light and heating to keep your fish well cared for. If you fancy one, you may be in luck: a white version is currently crowdfunding on Kickstarter.
Climate change is bringing more wind and rain to many of our streets, so we need an umbrella that can handle it. Step in Blunt, a Chinese company that makes ultra robust umbrellas that look decidedly high-tech. Tested for aerodynamics in a wind tunnel, these umbrellas feature an array of patented technologies to help you endure the storms without fighting with an inside-out mess.
The Unseen: colour-changing coat
This rather dramatic coat’s glistening colour scheme is more than just eye-catching. It changes colour in response to changes in an array of environmental conditions, including heat, UV, pollution, chemicals and sound. As well as looking impressive, the jacket could be used to determine the presence of dangerous chemicals or gases, making it ideal for hazardous areas.
Windwaker: wind energy capturing public park
Designed to sit on Copenhagen’s seaport, this array of structures are designed to capture wind energy while providing shading to visitors of the park below. It’s an exciting idea for green energy, leading with the aesthetic approach in a way other projects fail to.
Iceberg: housing project
This stark housing project in Denmark is designed to mimic an iceberg, with more than 10 ‘peaks’ making up the whole development. The jagged shape angular windows also serve another purpose – to let as many people have view of the adjacent ocean as possible and provide maximum daylight.