monovolume architecture: hydroelectric power plant punibach
monovolume architecture: hydroelectric power plant punibach monovolume architecture: hydroelectric power plant punibach
sep 12, 2012

monovolume architecture: hydroelectric power plant punibach

‘hydroelectric power plant punibach’ by monovolume architecture, planeiler alm, italy all images courtesy of monovolume architecture



hidden within the delicate landscape, italian practice monovolume architecture‘s ‘hydroelectric power plant punibach’ engineered by SEL AG, converts natural forces into useful energy while maintaining an artfully low profile in the alpine environment. a rather simple solution was found for a space full of loud, bulky machinery while visually making an inconsequential impact of the site. a free-flowing concrete structure peels out of the hills, opening a fissure in the hillside supporting a green roof that camouflages the otherwise industrial building. thin wood planks of varying sizes are revealed in this split in the ground plane to form a lamellar wall, where the warm light from the interior glows in the pitch-dark surroundings.



view form alpine forest










wood facade connection to roof plane



curvilinear roof form



slits in the wood plank wall emits a warm glow



view towards the access road



free-flowing concrete form



door detail





interior machinery



large light-filled interior



floor plan / level 0









project info:



client: puni energie gmbh (ltd.) location: planeiler alm (bz) – south tyrol – italy programme: hydroelectric power station realisation: 2010/11 pressure pipeline length: 4.115 m turbines: 2 horizontal pelton average annual production: 14,3 mil. kwh construction cost: 9,0 mil. euros

  • interesting in that inside its just your standard concrete box

    dbkii says:
  • Lindo!

    L.loureiro says:
  • PERFECT says:
  • Most beautiful Hydroelectric station I’ve ever seen!!! 🙂 Could totally see myself living there… without the heavy equipment of course!!

    GlowyPR says:
  • and with a nice ocean view of course!! 😉

    miko says:
  • free power – thank you gravity – looks pleasing to the eye and the surroundings. I suppose it pencils out financially

    isor says:
  • Great idea!! Well done!!

    Vik says:
  • I draw this in spring 2010 😀
    amazing to see it realized

    Stebo says:

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