French studio Atelier d’Architecture Michel Remon designed a new windowless research center wrapped in a load-bearing exoskeleton made of vertical ribbons. Their design has recently won the open international competition for the new Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Center in Tel Aviv organized by Tel Aviv University.
The shape of the project is made up of a matrix of similar elements and vertical lines that creates a skin around the building. The load-bearing exoskeleton provides a means to control sunlight and the relationship between the inside and the outside. It is a building without windows or doors, and acts as a geometric landscape formed by undulations on the surface.
The skin is made of glass and aluminum set over a concrete structure. It features efficient insulation and technical glass to optimize solar energy use. Natural ventilation was introduced to delay cooling via a reversible heat pump, photovoltaic panels produce energy used by the cooling system, while rainwater is captured for sanitary needs.