Thought you might be interested to see what’s going up on Hanover Quay. It’s a project sponsored by DCC and Codema and designed by new Irish architecture practice de Siún Scullion Architects. It’s literally five minutes of Irish oil use. The project intends to make visible what is normally much discussed, but rarely seen.
As we are all well aware, non-renewables energy sources are finite and are being consumed at an alarming rate. The rate at which these resources are being depleted can be expressed in a number of ways (CO2 per annum, Exajoules per country, TWh per capita etc), most of which are too abstract or on too colossal a scale for us to comprehend.
5CUBE takes a single fuel source we can all relate to in terms of volume, cost, and rate of usage and physically demonstrates how much is exhausted within a very short period of time.
The architects calculated that 473 barrels of oil are consumed every five minutes in Ireland. That’s a cubed volume of 4.2m. The 5CUBE represents this volume as a black glass-clad cube.