C3 Canopy

  • 2023

  • Product
    Commercial and Industrial

Designed By:

Commissioned By:

Coates Group

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The Coates C3 Canopy is a modular structure that cleverly captures and combines elements such as shade, shelter, solar energy, water harvesting, and carbon sequestration within its glulam timber structure. It is designed to suit various environments while promoting sustainability and innovation.

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  • To design a sustainability-focused, modular canopy that can integrate seamlessly into different environments.

  • C3 Canopy design features a solar glass roof that captures both the sun's energy and rainwater. The roof provides shade and shelter from the elements while also generating electricity through the embedded photovoltaic cells. The rainwater is harvested and can be stored for later use or for irrigation purposes. The glulam timber frame supports the canopy, providing the benefits of carbon sequestration. The modular design allows for flexible configurations and easy installation, making it an ideal solution for a wide range of outdoor spaces. This canopy cleverly captures the elements it provides shade and shelter from, while also promoting sustainability.

  • The Coates C3 Canopy has a significant positive impact on the environment, end-users, and the client. The structure provides shade and shelter while incorporating sustainable materials and technologies, such as glulam timber, solar energy, and water harvesting. The modular design promotes flexibility and adaptability to various environments. Measurable outcomes include solar energy production, water harvesting, and carbon sequestration, contributing to a more sustainable future. The canopy enhances the quality of life for end-users while reducing its environmental impact. C3 Canopy has the potential to inspire positive change and driving greater demand for sustainable design.

  • C3 Canopy has several other key features. The solar glass roof not only captures the sun's energy but also lets the dappled sunlight filter through, creating a pleasant and natural atmosphere underneath. This feature enhances the user experience and makes the canopy an ideal space for relaxation. The canopy is designed with rainwater harvesting in mind, which is facilitated through the roof's surface. The captured rainwater can be used for various purposes such as irrigation and cleaning promoting water conservation. The glulam timber frame, in addition to providing carbon sequestration benefits, also adds to the aesthetic appeal of the structure. The natural and organic feel of the timber complements the surroundings and provides a sense of warmth and comfort. The modular design allows for easy assembly and disassembly, making it ideal for outdoor car parks and EV charging locations. Modular components can be easily transported and installed on site, reducing the need for heavy machinery and further promoting sustainability. Overall, the C3 Canopy with a solar glass roof and glulam timber frame is a unique and innovative solution that not only captures the sun's energy and rainwater but also enhances the user experience while promoting environmental responsibility and sustainable practices.