Gallery: Brand New Aarhus Office Building Covered In A Wall Of Solar Pa...

 
The 170 m2 solar wall acts as a vertical sculptural element in the corner of the building and the energy from this system is used to pre-heat the ventilation air intake in winter and to cool the offices in summer. Windows for the offices are recessed and protected from the sun with shade panels that are covered in photovoltaics, which provide electricity for the offices.

The new office building houses the Technical Administration of the Municipality of Aarhus, and from the start the goal for the building’s design was to create an example of progressive office building construction. The city and C. F. Møller also wanted the energy consumption to be at a ‘passive house’ standard and supply the employees with good indoor quality air. The building has a total heat consumption of a maximum of 15 kWh/m2/year, and an overall energy consumption of at most 50 kWh/m2/year.

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  1. citizen7 February 14, 2011 at 8:14 am

    I do like the Aarhus Office. The next step is to consider a moveable “solar facade” that doubles as adjustable external shading for the building.
    It’s interesting that they lowered the internal shades during winter. Perhaps the low winter sun is a little too intense to be useful for lighting purposes?

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