Carbon Craft Design, a Mumbai based startup, has developed the Reverse Chimney Pavilion, which aims to offset the world’s carbon emissions.
When we google air pollution, the first thing we see is a chimney – the symbol of air pollution.
Carbon Craft Design imagined a chimney, which does not emit pollutants, but reverses the process. The transformation of this idea is what the Indian startup calls: “The Reverse Chimney Pavilion”.
As previously reported by CleanTech News, the company also developed the Carbon Tile, a tile made from carbon particles, launched in January 2020.
Carbon Craft Design describe the tile as: “A byproduct of the series of material experimentation and design explorations”. Now, another item joins the ranks of ingenuity: a public pavilion made from the Carbon Tiles.
“We are excited to introduce our first architectural invention; a pavilion, which was started to develop a Clean Air Experience Centre for public and local communities,” said Tejas Sidnal, founder of Carbon Craft Design.
Carbon Craft Design had observed that there were methods to capture pollution, but wondered what to do with it.
Intrigued to find a way to upcycle it into a new form, the team envisioned an architectural invention and came up with the idea of a pavilion.
Local residents could sit and enjoy the shade, whilst breathing in cleaner air and physically sit on the carbon which previously, would have been left to pollute their community.
“Following the industrial revolution, migration and growth resulted in inevitable air pollution,” Sidnal continued.
“In a world that has become more connected and accessible than ever before, we aim to make a statement that Climate Change can be reversed if we solve this problem together, as a community of diverse people.”
How is the Pavilion made?
The company began prototyping local craft to figure out a way to use the captured carbon as a resource in building material.
“We used Carbon Craft Design’s traditional tile, to handcraft various inspiring patterns,” explained Sidnal.
In the design, Carbon Craft Design looked for inspiration from both nature and architecture.
As a result, the Reverse Chimney Pavilion mimics traditional wind catchers and the structural stability of clam shells.
A socially focused startup
Furthermore, Carbon Craft Design has a focus on producing a positive social impact. This is through employing local craftsmen, rather than being heavily dependent on technology.
“We are able to generate local employment and empowerment by making Carbon Tiles. Using the craftsmen’s existing skill and knowledge, we employ the same people to execute a pavilion, to help them raise multiple sources of income,” said Tejas.
What’s next for Carbon Craft Design?
“We envision to build an entire building using carbon emissions, to mitigate climate change,” said Sidnal. “We believe that the Reverse Chimney Pavilion will be the physical manifestation of this idea – to inspire and build a better future for the people and the planet.”