Gallery: Japan Pavilion is a Solar Energy Generating ‘Purple Silkworm I...


Continuing our coverage of the Shanghai World Expo, we come to the Japan Pavilion, officially nicknamed the ‘Purple Silkworm Island’. Designboom is on the scene in Shanghai and has captured some great images of strange-looking purple bubble. The lightweight structure is composed of a tubular metal support system covered in a purple membrane with integrated solar cells. In addition to its solar power generation capabilities, the pavilion features natural ventilation and innovative energy-efficient cooling technologies.

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  1. manojbhu April 21, 2011 at 12:34 am

    Good initiative for sustainable development. We can not continue business as usual for long.
    CPWD India

  2. Stuttgart University's ... June 22, 2010 at 1:01 pm

    […] modules is a large energy tower, which helps move air, heating and cooling throughout the house. An active ventilation unit provides heat recovery, and phase-changing materials act as thermal mass to help store energy and […]

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