Highly Glazed Bridge Link
In early discussions, LINK expressed the conceptual interest to integrate PV cells that can function twofold: (a) generate energy and (b) serve an educational purpose, raising environmental awareness to the students. In order to materialize the vision in its best potential, we identified an opportunity to use the PV cells in two ways: (a) maximize the energy generation and (b) as the PV panels are opaque elements they can contribute as a solar control mechanism to provide a sound indoor climate. This immediately lead us to the next question: where shall we place the PV cells and in which density? Which is the right balance of maximum performance without disturbing the architectural intent, the views out and the invited daylight quality?
Solar exposure during different hours of the day
We identified the façade areas that are highly exposed to solar radiation over the year and overlapped them with a statistically weather file that indicated the occurrences of high solar intensities under clear sky conditions. Those are obviously the areas are most beneficial for energy generation and simultaneously provide us with solar protection where and when mostly needed.