Soflex by Felix Eselböck & Flora Sommer

The aim of the project is to pro­vide urban plan­ners and archi­tects with an archi­tec­tur­al ele­ment that cre­ates shade over pub­lic spaces, as well as cre­at­ing a colour­ful and vary­ing atmos­phere. In addi­tion, it gen­er­ates ener­gy with­out the appear­ance of a solar pow­er plant by using the OPV tech­nol­o­gy.

Who For urban plan­ners and archi­tects who want to imple­ment solar tech­nol­o­gy and con­scious­ly have an aes­thet­ic demand on the cityscape.

Why Glob­al warm­ing and renew­able ener­gy pro­duc­tion are cur­rent­ly some of the biggest chal­lenges fac­ing soci­ety. We asked our­selves how we as design­ers and archi­tects will approach these top­ics in urban spaces with­out los­ing sight of our cityscape.

How The cush­ions are equipped with coloured translu­cent solar films which cre­ate col­or­ful shad­ows and gen­er­ate ener­gy dur­ing the day. The OPV pan­els are imple­ment­ed into an ETFE cush­ion which is inflat­ed with air to cre­ate a three-dimen­sion­al shape that gives the whole struc­ture more sta­bil­i­ty and makes it more robust against high wind and snow loads.

Where The cush­ions are best applied in pub­lic places and in urban areas that get a lot of sun and heat up quick­ly and, there­fore, could use some shade.

2000 1334 Angewandte Milano
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