coop himmelb(l)au: energy roof, perugia italy coop himmelb(l)au: energy roof, perugia italy
jan 17, 2010

coop himmelb(l)au: energy roof, perugia italy

‘energy roof’ perugia by coop himmelb(l)au all images courtesy coop himmelb(l)au

wolf d. prix, design principal and CEO of coop himmelb(l)au presented the design for the ‘energy roof’ in perugia, italy, today. ‘energy roof’ is part of the research project ‘walking through the history’ of the university of perugia. beside the archaeological study this research comprised also the creation of an architectural icon.

‘energy roof’ serves as canopy along via mazzini in the center of perugia and at the same time creates the entry point to the archaeological underground passage leading through the history of perugia. the passage connects the city center with the mini metro station pincetto. historical documents show the existence of the old etruscan city wall in the area below piazza giacomo matteotti which coop himmelb(l)au proposes to excavate as part of an underground public gallery space exhibiting the history of perugia. openings in the ground of the piazza giacomo matteotti visually connect the underground passage with the ‘energy roof’.

coop himmelb(l)au developed the design of the roof with the goal to generate energy for the city. while the orientation of the west wing is optimized in relation to solar radiation, the east wing captures wind. the roof consists of three layers: the energy generating top layer, the structural layer in the middle and a layer on the bottom as a combination of laminated glazing and translucent pneumatic cushions. the top layer includes transparent photovoltaic cells to generate electricity and shade the sun. the orientation of the individual cells is generated and optimized by a computer driven scripting program. furthermore five wind turbines that are placed inside the structural layer are generating additional energy. both the roof and the underground passage are energy self-sufficient.

  • Walking through the history or ON the history??

    It must be possible to generate energy in a better, more efficient and more aesthetic way! Very ugly and little useful…

    P.L. says:
  • I totally I agree with you. I went to Perugia a few years ago, and for a part of it to be disfigured by this thing is just tragic…

    Tam says:
  • mmmm I’m from Perugia..I doubt that this structure may please to the local people! The visual impact is devastating compared to the historical center!!

    IEM says:
  • i would like to disagree with the previous comments…i was very much taken aback by the boldness of this structure. and i think it creates an interesting contrast between the ancient and the new. both are fighting for the viewers attention..hence none is loosing its identity or blending in. both are standing proud with their noses held up high 🙂 i like it!

    HZ says:
  • Nice structure and the architects design is awesome! But I want to add one more thing is that, although the architecture design is very god but still the contrast made is not very good, as the surrounding buildings are old and not in good condition. I think this awesome architects design would lost it’s value because of surrounding buildings.

    Delhi Architects says:
  • It looks a UFO landing on earth… =.=|||

    JY Chee says:
  • It looks like a UFO landing on earth… =.=||| *

    JY Chee says:
  • A disaster has “befallen” Perugia! . . . While appreciating the aesthetic idea and benefits derived, the location of the object is as if an advertising display hoarding has collapsed ‘twixt two very impressive buildings.

    Jetwax says:
  • what is this ….look like hell…therrible…..horrorable…..do not do it please….better help poor haitians……

    NENSI says:

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