Oikos: Water and energy - Expo Zaragoza 2008

Oikos: Water and energy at the Exhibition Expo Zaragoza 2008
© Philippe Lemaire

A self-sufficient house, capable of generating the electricity needed to power the refrigerator, the microwave, the computer or the grill. This novelty and many others can be found in this thematic area Oikos, a Greek name meaning house in Spanish. Oikos is an open-air installation consisting of two basic levels and eight modules representing the different types of clean energy. There are no curtains, chairs or superfluous elements but an open U-shaped space in which it is explained how to capture, transform and store energy from all possible renewable sources and how to use it in everyday life. The space, designed by Roland Olbeter and Domingo Guinea, occupies 1231 square metres, which is located along the footbridge. A water channel serves as a guiding thread, although one of the main attractions is the 'sunflowers' that turn all day long looking for the sun to provide energy to the defined area. It is also shown that with light, sound and smell, the current energy consumption is unsustainable.

© Exposicion International Zaragoza 2008