Romolo Stanco’s e-QBO is giant monolithic cube that harnesses solar energy to power an integrated communications hub. The cube is wrapped with building integrated photovoltaic panels, and soaks up sunlight all day long to power public lighting, videomapping installations, cell phone ports, and an internet hotspot. The project was developed by TRED, an innovative Italian practice dedicated to merging high technology and design.
The e-QBO cube is an architectural chameleon that can be transformed to fit different programs. Although e-QBO is autonomous and off-grid, it can still be integrated into the urban context. At the Milan Innovation Cloud it was turned into an exhibition space to showcase the results of an Italian sustainability research initiative. During the MADE 2013 fair, the installation hosted a lounge and info point for RSE (Research on Energy System). The project was also selected to represent Italy at the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi.
The project incorporates LED lighting, which engages it in a dynamic dialogue with its surroundings. The energy accumulated from renewable sources is stored in batteries and used for lighting the box and charging various electronic devices.