paolo venturella + angelo balducci's twilt tower captures sun
paolo venturella + angelo balducci's twilt tower captures sun paolo venturella + angelo balducci's twilt tower captures sun
sep 05, 2013

paolo venturella + angelo balducci's twilt tower captures sun

paolo venturella + angelo balducci’s twilt tower captures sun
image © paolo venturella
all images courtesy of paolo venturella




disagreeing with the ‘eurosky tower’ by franco purini, located in a modern area on the outskirts of rome, italian architects paolo venturella + angelo balducci have delivered an alternative concept. examining the idea of ‘integration’ between architecture and renewable energy, the architects offer a radically different shape for the same building. called ‘the twilt tower’ the name is based on a combination of the words ‘twisted’ and ’tilted’. the tower integrates photovoltaic panels not just on the roof but evenly across the volume, dictating its form. the tilting and rotating of the panels towards the sun’s rays, allows for direct sun radiation throughout the whole day.


‘we propose a new revolutionary design to allow the city of rome to find again its own old splendor, leading it to a new pioneering city as it was in the passed century. rome was not built in a day, lets make it born again!’ say the architects.



south-east view showing the rotating photovoltaic panels that are orientated to capture sun all day long
image © paolo venturella



view of the zigzagging structure from via c. colombo on the outskirts of rome
image © paolo venturella



street view looking upwatds
image © paolo venturella



concept diagrams



drawing of the facade



detail drawing



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  • “view of the zigzagging structure from via c. colombo on the outskirts of rome”
    Where is the structure? Buildings are not drawings.

    guillem says:
  • the name is based on a combination of the words ‘twisted’ and ’tilted’. Oooo Wheeee Sort of like jorn Utzon and The Sydney Opera House. Let’s “just” cut up an orange and rearrange the sections. Zip pa dee doo dah.

    Lightmaker says:
  • So much wasted rendering energy for a “building” that completely disregards gravity. Gotta love the “detail drawing”, those standard columns and beams…!

    Juca says:
  • disgusting. even first year architecture students have better understanding of structure and are more responsive to the context

    Aj says:
  • Even when you can build it, it would be awful.
    Is much better the other one, that placed in the shadow of the twilt tower. Who designed it?

    Davide says:
  • Don’t tell us – it all started with a sketch on a napkin.
    Not much to it beyond that.

    Ron Smith says:
  • A bolt of lightning sweeps whatever sanity is left in Rome!

    sheerja iyer says:
  • really? did the designer consider the structural design of this building,where it just looks like cuboids from a card stuck together with a superglue.its not a bad idea though but the structure of it needs more analysing to make this a reality.

    ehrik says:

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