Solar Design Studio – Review


Study projects on the architectural integration of solar technology into the building envelope  

In the spring semester 2017, the A/S chair collaborated with the design studio of Prof. Miroslav Šik on the project ‘ZürichWohnen: Bourgeoise-Bohemien'. Apart from the task to design a building with several high-end apartments, the major challenge was the architectural integration of solar technology into the building envelope.

Similar to other materials of the building envelope, PV technologies can be designed. However, this presupposes some basic knowledge about solar technology and its interaction with the site, form, construction and surface. This Solar Design Studio sought solutions that are constructive, creative and also provide the building with renewable energy.

The resulting designs vary in terms of their approach. While some examples used PV panels as a dominant, separate element placed in front or onto the facade, other variations referred to traditional building materials and employed a reduced design language for the solar technology.

Romain Kuendig
Romain Kündig: “Today, photovoltaic technology is one of the main actors in the energy transition. An equilibrium is to be designed in the architecture of tomorrow, logical and beautiful.”
Geraldine Burger
Geraldine Burger: “The living areas facing the street are fully glazed – the movable solar panels along the balcony edge function as both view protection and shading element. … The sliding elements determine the exterior view but they also claim a presence in the interior space due to the play of light and shade generated by their perforated surface.”
Ria Cavelti
Ria Cavelti: “Tiles of profiled glass with vertical grooves function as a protective layer covering the photovoltaic cells. From a distance, the resulting pattern breaks up the large PV panels and renders the facade a homogeneous small-scale appeal. … This results in a vibrant, glossy and reflective glass facade, which presents itself in various colours depending on light and seasonal conditions.”
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