Gallery: Energetic Energies: Panasonic and Akihisa Hirata Unveil Solar-...

As Milan Design Week kicks off, Panasonic is preparing to unveil its “Energetic Energies” exhibition designed by Japanese architect Akihisa Hirata. Installed beneath the Largo Richini Portico at the University of Milano, the 30-meter-long structure features hundreds of solar panels scattered over representations of city rooftops. Instead of laying the panels in a conventional pane, Hirata designed small solar units that grow out of the cityscape in an organic, tree-like way, mimicking the versatile adaptation of plants to the position of the sun.

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