ATMOS Resort & Research: Corona Crisis fuels the search for the best air quality
“The coronavirus pandemic proves in a frightening way that our concept of air resorts is highly topical and relevant. For the past three years we have been focussing our efforts on analysing and optimising the air we breathe in the most diverse parts of the world. We have been doing this together with Coop Himmelb(l)au and international experts,” says Chris Müller. The CEO of ATMOS Aerosol Research fears a deadly link between fine dust particles and the virus SARS-CoV-2. Lungs that already show signs of inflammation are less resilient, which could explain the more severe progression of coronavirus disease. Furthermore, there are indications that the virus uses fine dust particles as a means of transport.
Better air thanks to satellite measurements
Identifying places of health-promoting air quality and implementing real-time monitoring that records negative as well as positive air quality trends around the globe, these objectives are at the core of ATMOS Aerosol Research. The basis for this are the worldwide most accurate aerosol measurements. With the help of satellites, ground measuring stations and sensors, it is possible to identify the tiniest particles, such as dust, sand, soot etc. in the air, as well as saltwater droplets, which have a positive effect on the human organism. Satellite data can also be used to retrace past events and visualise future trends.
From fighting for a daughter’s life to a holistic alliance against shortness of breath
Together with Wolf D. Prix, CEO & Design Principal of Coop Himmelb(l)au, Chris Müller presented the concept of the ATMOS Selfness Resorts three years ago. These resorts are designed as large-scale inhalers and ideal places for recovery for people with respiratory diseases, at the same time they serve as related research centres. Chris Müller himself is the father of a daughter who suffers from an incurable (as of yet) genetic defect: Cystic fibrosis (CF) causes organs to become clogged with mucus and mainly affects the lungs. Within a few months, the fight against the daughter’s disease developed into an interdisciplinary effort – assisted by a medical advisory board – to counter the worldwide spread of shortness of breath. Not only patients with CF and COPD will profit from this alliance, but also people who have recovered from COVID-19 will benefit as their weakened lungs will regain new breathing strength in the resorts. Additionally, the ATMOS Selfness Resorts will be open to all those who need breathing space and want to enjoy a holiday in the best air.
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ATMOS Aerosol Research is located in Linz, the capital of Upper Austria, and will soon operate a test area in the “Tabakfabrik” (a hub for innovative companies) there. In Vienna the housing project “Triiiple” of the SORAVIA group is the first large-scale construction project in Austria to be equipped with the air data analysis technology of ATMOS Aerosol Research. Erwin Soravia saw the potential of the ATMOS Selfness Resort and ATMOS Aerosol Research early on and has supported the development considerably: “We think globally, sustainably and literally in a 360-degree approach that reaches into space. The research on aerosols completes this holistic overall approach, which both, ATMOS and SORAVIA, claim for themselves and which we will also incorporate in our construction projects in future. In doing so we want to demonstrate greater responsibility in order to protect air as a resource,” explains Erwin Soravia.
Together with SORAVIA, ATMOS Aerosol Research is currently in negotiations with property owners in the Mediterranean, to move forward with the realisation of the first ATMOS Selfness Resorts. Contracts are expected to be signed before the end of 2020.