Energy Roof Perugia, Italy

Eco Factor: Self-sufficient structure generates solar and wind energy.

### http://www.designboom.com 15 January 2010
Coop Himmelb(l)au Energy Roof in Italy
By ridhika db
Wolf D. Prix, design principal and CEO of Coop Himmelb(l)au presented the design for the ‘Energy Roof’ in Perugia, Italy, today.

Energy Roof is part of a research project for the University of Perugia called, “Walking through the history”. The roof serves as canopy along Via Mazzini in the centre of Perugia and at the same time creates the entry point to the archaeological underground passage leading through the history of Perugia.

The architect developed the design of the roof with the goal to generate energy for the city. While the orientation of the west wing is optimised in relation to solar radiation, the east wing captures wind. The roof consists of three layers: the energy generating top layer, the structural layer in the middle and a layer on the bottom as a combination of laminated glazing and translucent pneumatic cushions.

The top layer includes transparent photovoltaic cells to generate electricity and shade the sun. The orientation of the individual cells is generated and optimised by a computer-driven scripting programme. Furthermore five wind turbines placed inside the structural layer are generating additional energy. Both the roof and the underground passage are energy self-sufficient.
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The new paradigmatic design of the Energy Roof creates a distinctive and highly recognisable icon for the city and a statement for aesthetic sustainability corresponding with the ancient buildings of Via Mazzini. -David K.
Read more at plusmood.com

So, we’re not getting a high-tech eco roof at Dunedin’s stadium?

Post by Elizabeth Kerr

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One response to “Energy Roof Perugia, Italy

  1. Phil

    I understand that most of the energy efficient items were removed quite early on, to trim costs. Sadly those are always the first to go. Never any scrimping on the players’ changing rooms, or the bar. But that’s another story. I do hope though that they will have the good sense to lay in all the piping and cabling infrastructure now, during construction. So that the really clever bits can be added in later. It’ll cost three times as much to retrofit later on. The world loves seeing solar panels and wind turbines attached to buildings. That would ensure that the stadium attained worldwide status as a truely modern and forward thinking complex.

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