Regular readers will notice that our very Dutch solar image at the top of this page has been replaced by something completely else. What you see above is an image of the Endesa Pavillion. A temporary structure that was created in the harbour of Barcelona in 2012. We think this image is that strong and that positive that we’re happy to use it as our brand image for the 2016 edition of Solar Solutions Int.
The ENDESA Pavilion is a self-sufficient solar prototype installed at the Marina Dock, within the framework of the International BCN Smart City Congress. Over a period of a year it will be used as control room for monitoring and testing several projects related to intelligent power management. The pavillion is actually the prototype of a multi-scale construction system. A facade composed by modular components responsive to photovoltaic gaining, solar protection, insulation, ventilation, lighting … A single component that integrates all levels of intelligence that the building needs. A single constructive system that is capable of solving a single house or an office tower without changing logics, just adapting geometries. Each module, at each point, responds with mathematical accurancy to the different stresses of the different orientation and position. From “form follows function” (classic XX century statement) to “form follows energy”. Solar calculation software, connected to the logic of parametric design, allows us to reach an optimized solution. The facade opens reacting to the solar path, being active and becoming permeable towards south, while becoming closed and protective towards north. That simple rules make the system able to respond to the full gradient different positions or orientations, reacting with a whole range of permeability and energy collection.
The Endesa pavilion is an accessible device, technologically soft and easily understandable. Its geometry, construction, materials and energy, and its climatic behavior are visible for the inhabitant. And we strongly believe that this transparency is essential to generate the needed environmental awareness.
Architects: RodrigoRubio (Margen-Lab)
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Photographs: Adrià Goula