bernstrand integrates solar panels into an active frontage system
bernstrand integrates solar panels into an active frontage system bernstrand integrates solar panels into an active frontage system
mar 03, 2014

bernstrand integrates solar panels into an active frontage system

bernstrand integrates solar panels into an active frontage system
all images courtesy of bernstrand




stockholm-based studio bernstrand has envisioned ‘an active frontage’, a modular system that integrates solar panels into the façades of residential buildings. awnings, shutters and balconies are used to both shield residents from the sun, while at the same time capturing its energy. the design and placement of the pieces is based on generating the maximum amount of resource from the light, which results in a constantly changing exterior skin. the shutters open and close, the awnings move in and out, creating an active frontage that is influenced by the sun and the residents’ relation to it.





the modules are comprised of three types: balcony fronts, awnings and shutters on all windows. the balconies are built to prevent them casting shadows on the shutters, with an opening of 400 mm on the sides to enable a sense of contact with the street.

the modular system consists of solar panels that are integrated into front façades of buildings



the awnings are positioned above and they can be continuously adjusted, giving inhabitants the option to choose how much sun reaches the balcony. when the outdoor area is not in use, people are encouraged to keep the awning down to generate as much solar power as possible. furthermore, a flat roof can be covered with the system – the proposed building, with a total floor area of approx. 2 600 m2 including shops, basement and stairwell, will generate 72 543 kwh per year.

there panels are placed over windows, balconies and awnings to generate the maximum amount of energy


the adjustable shutters and awnings also shield residents from the sun


the frontage becomes a constantly changing exterior skin


‘an active frontage’ is a sustainable solution for capturing the sun’s energy



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  • Brilliant.

    jan stornfelt says:
  • Yes, it’s brilliant. An unlocking position for the window cleaner is a good idea. He has to clean 2 x surface, but if the solar-shutters are closed, he cannot reach to the windows.
    And the moving of the panels must be so maintenance-free for many years to avoid costs. Otherwise it’s a waste of money, these shutters….

    MC says:

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