Gallery: Solar-Powered Dutch Pavilion Aims for Zero Energy


Dutch firm Paul de Ruiter Architects have unveiled a novel student pavilion for the Netherlands’ Erasmus University that aims to go zero energy while creating a comfortable, light-filled hub for the campus. Spotted over at Designboom, the design for the Rotterdam-based university features a hybrid roof system that captures daylight and solar energy with an array of light-harvesting tubes. Passive cooling and state-of-the-art heating systems increase energy savings even further. The clean look of a circle-in-a-box aesthetic keeps the building light and open, creating an inviting atmosphere for students to meet and study in.

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  1. Holcim Awards January 5, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    Fantastic design. Simple form and a wonderful way to address sustainable issues. I also love how they went beyond the focus on solar issues and incorporated ground source heat, etc.

    Check out the Holcim Awards for Sustainable Construction for other inspiring sustainable projects.
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