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.