The Renzo Piano Foundation recently honored Iotti + Pavarini Architetti with an award reserved for exemplary Italian architects under the age of 40. The Reggio, Emilia-based firm beat out a total of 70 applicants for their Domus Technica complex, which not only employs renewable energy, but is devoted to education about solar power, new technologies and photovoltaic systems. The impressive complex was chosen by Renzo Piano himself - read on for a closer look!
Completed in 2010, the research facility is dedicated towards the advancement of new technologies. Each area of the complex includes both teaching rooms and show rooms, joined together in a laboratory type setting. A central energy storage showroom connects visitors to the rooms, which highlight power, new technologies, solar energy, and photovoltaic systems. The showrooms are connected to a main lobby, and they all sit on the ground floor of the complex.
Part of the complex boasts a mulit-level wing, which opens onto a terrace that soaks up the sun’s rays with photovoltaic panels. The system is amplified thanks to tilted glazed surfaces, which channel and direct the sunlight onto the solar panels. The terrace faces a meeting hall, which enjoys cross breezes from the roof. The exterior of the Domus Technica is covered in a Uglass finish. This surface slightly changes color and luminosity based on the time of day and the weather conditions. At night, the building glows thanks to a lighting system powered by stored energy that is collected by the photovoltaic panels during the day.
Iotti + Pavarini designed Domus Technica to be entirely self-sufficient. A “Class A” building, it employs various energy efficiency measures and renewable energy strategies, including the use of solar power, to heat, cool and light the building. Iotti + Pavarini have their finger on the pulse of modern sustainable design, and they are collecting the credentials to prove it.
Via Arch Daily