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Neo Solar Power Headquarters Has a Striking Blue Folded Facade

Posted By Jessica Dailey On February 2, 2011 @ 1:00 am In Architecture,Daylighting,Sustainable Building | 2 Comments

The contrasting angles of the exterior walls express ideas of undulation and transference and make the facade look like a stretched accordion. It is comprised of eight trapezoid units created with half-unit glass and aluminum curtain walls and finished with over 350 glass-cutting patterns.

The walls create floor-to-ceiling windows on every floor of the north-facing building, optimizing the use of natural light [8] and encouraging indoor gardens. Movable vertical blinds complement the windows, allowing occupants to control the direction and amount of daylighting [8]. To utilize the irregular interior spaces created by the windows, discussion rooms and lounging spots employ the alcoves.

The ground floor of the eight-story building boasts a high-ceilinged foyer, auditorium, and staff restaurant. The second to seventh floors are research spaces, and executive offices occupy the eighth floor. The 5-story plant on the south side is built with a damping diagonal bracing structure, and the heightened basement air raid shelter and garage are planned to meet the parking needs for phase two expansion in the future.

WHY THIS MATTERS:

Buildings like the Neo Solar Power headquarters with floor-to-ceiling windows allow for daylighting, saving a great deal (especially in office buildings where there are tons of lights) of energy that would be needed for artificial lighting.

+ J. J. Pan & Partners, Architects & Planners [4]

Images © JJPP


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[3] Neo Solar Power Corporation's: http://www.neosolarpower.com/

[4] J. J. Pan & Partners, Architects & Planners (JJPP): http://www.jjpan.com/index/index_en.htm

[5] solar panels: http://inhabitat.com/tag/solar-panels

[6] renewable energy: http://inhabitat.com/category/energy/

[7] Taiwan: http://inhabitat.com/tag/taiwan

[8] natural light: http://inhabitat.com/category/daylighting/

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