Solar Power Gets Funky In Barcelona Pavilion

Future-forward architects, take note: tomorrow’s structures may not so much make use of the solar resources as be sculpted around them. That’s at least the vision of green building as it meets avant-architecture offered by the Endesa Pavilion, a.k.a Solar House 2.0, in Barcelona, Spain.

The project was conceived of as an exercise in which a building, under the constraints of the type of city blocks found in Barcelona, ​​is adapted by adding a series of modules to its facade. These modules, according to its designers, make it possible for the building to optimize both its energy production and “spatial intelligence.” Size and components vary depending on the orientation and inclination of the sun, the relationship of the building with the environment and other technical needs, making each structure of this type unique.

Endesa Solar Pavilion

image via IAAC

Designbuzz reports that the project was designed and constructed by the Institute of Advanced Architecture for Catalonia (IACC) in collaboration with the energy giant Endesa as part of the Barcelona Smart City Project. The pavilion totals 154 square meters (around 505 square feet) and maximizes solar absorption over more conventional-looking structures with protruding planes oriented to take best advantage of local sun conditions. It can generate about 100 kwh of energy and will use up to 20 kwh every day.

Endesa Solar Pavilion

image via IACC

Besides its funky shape, the pavilion in unusual in that it’s made from solar bricks that collate data about energy usage and also insulate the interior space from heat due to solar gain in sunny Barcelona. The structure’s wooden facade also help out with thermal insulation while boosting the building’s durability and minimizing waste generated during the building process. The building was designed to be light, portable, and modular.

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.

1 Comment

  • Reply June 4, 2012


    Module building is amazing. Great article

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