Andrew Michler

German Armory Transformed into Stunning Solar School

by , 08/27/10

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This newly-opened solar powered school in Wolfhagen, Germany has repurposed an old cold war army barracks into an energy-efficient modern learning environment. The visionary design takes advantage of the huge footprint of the former tank armory to tuck a campus underneath, while the roof was replaced with translucent thin-film solar panels. The vocational school is a excellent example of green architecture that exposes students to sustainability while providing a beautiful, light-filled, and airy building to learn in.

German green school, HHS Architecken, thin film solar roof, solar translucent roof, solar windows, repurposed school, reused building, solar powered school, natural ventalation

The immense translucent roof is a marvel– 5000 square meters of the panes are outfitted with 7160 thin film solar modules. Due to their 1 micron-thick profile they are semi-translucent, which allows lots of light into the building while reducing glare and heat. Windows on the side walls open automatically to provide natural ventilation and fresh air. The 220 kW array is one of largest of its kind in Europe.

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  1. Gen7's Prefab Eco Class... September 17, 2010 at 12:40 pm

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  2. chrismerwin August 27, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    This is really kind of remarkable. I would love to get the reactions of both the Bundeswehr who were stationed there and the kids who will study there. Its a beautiful design!

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