Picking details from UNStudio and Monopol’s ‘The Coolest White’ featured at the State of Extremes, Design Museum Holon’s Decennial Exhibition, the Coolest White is an innovative and highly-resilient paint created to protect urban structures from excessive solar radiation and reduce the urban heat island effect.
Image: The Coolest White, thermal-screen. Courtesy of UNStudio and Monopol Colors
One of the main causes of the urban heat island effect, is the heat-retaining materials used in built environments which makes cities significantly hotter than their surrounding areas as well as the lack of green spaces and exhaust from air-conditioning which also contributes to the boiling effect. As buildings absorb solar radiation and store heat from the sun, greater energy is required to cool their interiors, while more heat is released and trapped in the urban environment. The Coolest White is an ultra-durable paint based on fluoropolymer technology, which protects buildings and urban structures from excessive solar radiation – thus slowing down the urban heat island effect.
The installation visualizes the properties of their latest innovation, The Coolest White, a paint that has been developed to reduce warming in metropolitan areas known as the urban heat island effect. Emulating the density of the city structures, the installation comprises of black and white buildings and skyscrapers, partially painted in The Coolest White, and partially covered in regular black paint. The installation implements a heat-sensing camera to allow visitors to see the difference in temperature, envisioning the effect of The Coolest White.