IAAC develops endesa solar pavilion for barcelona's 2012 smart city expo
 

IAAC develops endesa solar pavilion for barcelona's 2012 smart city expo

designed by the institute for advanced architecture of catalonia (IAAC), the ‘endesa pavilion’ is a highly efficient shelter built to meet very specific energetic and comfort needs. essentially a wooden box, modules on the exterior walls fold out at different distances to create triangular protruding awnings whose exact angle and length are precisely calculated by the position of the sun, the need for shade, and the spatial requirements of the interior.

IAAC endesa solar pavilion
all images © adrià goula / video by hans hansen

 

 

each section contains photovoltaic cells on top, which block out the sun over the window located underneath or on the downward-facing side. built by the IAAC as part of the 2012 smart city expo in barcelona, the inside of the forms create pockets for people or storage, effectively increasing the livable area on the same size footprint.

IAAC endesa solar pavilion

 

 

a simple pine-wood frame system supports panels of oriented strand board (OSB) which make up the floors and ceiling planes. each component, based on particular algorithms and angles, was digitally fabricated using CNC machines and was assembled in one month with a great amount of precision. all the design issues were solved on the computer, so that each piece could be created afterwards and simply assembled on site.

IAAC endesa solar pavilion

IAAC endesa solar pavilion

IAAC endesa solar pavilion

IAAC endesa solar pavilion

IAAC endesa solar pavilion

IAAC endesa solar pavilion

IAAC endesa solar pavilion

IAAC endesa solar pavilion

IAAC endesa solar pavilion

IAAC endesa solar pavilion

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  • wow – both brutalistic and organic, a building form that relies on a different sense of “context”

    its also intriguing the manner in which scale seems to disolve – would like to see this in person

    dbkii says:
  • Makes sense to have a Mediterranean seaside building totally configured to maximize sensitivity to the sun. The interior is surprisingly welcoming and the diffused, indirect light is wonderful. A community of these structures would earn the name ‘Happville.’

    Mort d'Urban says:
  • just fantastic

    sparola says:
  • I am sure the concept is based on sun angles. Very cheat idea.

    sheema says:
  • @sheema: From paragraph 1 \’modules on the exterior walls fold out at different distances to create triangular protruding awnings whose exact angle and length are precisely calculated by the position of the sun\’
    I think this amply explains the concept.\’very cheat idea\’, care to elaborate?

    nuravlaga says:
  • what is the space supposed to do besides provide a lounging for photoshop youngsters?

    isor says:
  • I see all sorts of storage possibilities for the recessed nooks. Love this design, inside andout.

    LanceThruster says:
  • I see all sorts of storage possibilities for the recessed nooks. Love this design, inside and out.

    LanceThruster says:

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