Perpetuum Mobile is a system of mobile smoking point units that proposes an alternative relationship between smokers and non-smokers in open public spaces in the city of Tokyo. The project generates a new platform of social interaction capable of adapting to different urban situations that creates unpredicted distributions on the site according to sites’ needs and seasonal changes.
Each unit is composed of 3 main elements:
A. Inner Garden Core of 2,70m x 2,70m x 1m (height) that integrates 9 seats, 9 cigarette disposal units, 4 planters, and a main bamboo central planter with a water outlet system. The garden is composed of Bamboo Trees, Aromatic Plants (Japanese local Variety of Mentha arvensis) and Chrysanthemum. The use of local varieties facilitates the maintenance and survival of this small landscape system.
Cigarette Disposal Units are integrated on the unit with a top aluminum center chute and a metal lined container where cigarettes are contained and extinguished inside the metal lined container. The disposal units can be removed for easy cleaning, maintenance, and recycling.
B. Shelter System. It is composed of a triangulated aluminum mesh structure with a variable thickness of 10 to 50mm, and finished with a recycled glass on both sides with gradients color from black – yellow – green. The structure is connected to the core by system of tubular columns in which there are rings mechanism that provides stability to the system. This design was inspired by the traditional Amigasa hats and developed after different operations of manipulation based on the project.
C. Motion and Support System. The complete unit is supported by wheels with 6-inch diameter, tire rubber and swivel bracket with a brake at each wheel and a controller to control them all; each wheel is estimated to support up to 300 kg load.
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