The Endesa Pavilion, Solar House 2.0, is a rare structure that adopts to maximize the renewable energy potential of its location. Conceived by the Institute of Advanced Architecture for Catalonia (Iaac), it has a modular facade covered with protrusions that support additional solar panels. These protrusions are designed to creatively maximize the use of energy; they allow a steady absorption of the sun’s energy independent of the seasons. Also the structure uses solar bricks that insulate it from solar radiation.
According to Endesa’s website, the building is capable of generating almost 100kWh of electricity, whereas its average daily consumption stands at 20kWh. This does not seem farfetched as the roof alone features 150sq m of photo voltics. During summers, the protrusions form a barrier when the sun tracks higher across the sky, whereas during winters it allows the sun’s rays to directly penetrate.
The building structure has been constructed from wood and it efficiently exploits its thermal and natural expanding properties. IAAC states that wood is an inexhaustible material that is soft and easy to work with; it can be molded and adapted to provide warmth and insulation. Besides, this building looks more like a huge log cabin, suitable to belong to the Scandinavian woodland. But, the reality is that beneath its deceptive appearance, there is a high tech and energy efficient test centre.
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