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.


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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.

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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.

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