- Inhabitat – Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building - http://inhabitat.com -
Panasonic Unveils “Photosynthesis” Solar Ecosystem at Milan Design Week
Posted By Charley Cameron On April 13, 2012 @ 7:18 pm In Art,carousel showcase,Design,Environment,Gallery,Milan Furniture Fair,Renewable Energy | No Comments
The much-anticipated Milan Design Week  kicks off on Monday, and Panasonic just sent us the first images of one particularly exciting project — Japanese architect Akihisa Hirata ‘s “Photosynthesis” Solar Ecosystem . We first wrote about the installation  last month, when renderings were released showing what promised to be a fascinating interactive exhibit. “Photosynthesis” uses photovoltaic cells mounted on clear polycarbonate to create a visually stunning array designed to compare our technological need for the sun to a plant’s process of photosynthesis. Now installed at the Interni Legacy  exhibit at Università Statale, it certainly lives up to expectations!
Photo © Santi Caleca/Panasonic 
The innovative 3-D formation of solar panels appears to hover above the courtyard, where it is placed within a completely clear polycarbonate frame. As the plant-like formation of photovoltaic cells absorb sunlight from a range of directions throughout the day, the collected energy powers LED and OLED lights  throughout the outdoor space, which take a range of forms – from giant flower shapes to clusters of small suspended balloons.
The result is a glowing and ethereal transformation of the historic Italian Courtyard, as the shining solar panels  are illuminated by the converted solar energy they have captured. As they do so, they also reflect the plants, lights and arched facades of the courtyard, integrating contemporary technology, classical architecture and nature’s own form of harnessing energy.
+ Panasonic 
+ Akihisa Hirata 
All Photos © Santi Caleca/Panasonic 
Article printed from Inhabitat – Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building: http://inhabitat.com
URL to article: http://inhabitat.com/panasonic-unveils-photosynthesis-solar-ecosystem-at-milan-design-week/
URLs in this post:
 Milan Design Week: http://inhabitat.com/tag/milan-design-week-2012/
 Akihisa Hirata: http://www.hao.nu/
 “Photosynthesis” Solar Ecosystem: http://panasonic.net/es/company/exhibition/milanosalone/2012/installation/index.html
 wrote about the installation: http://inhabitat.com/milan-design-week-2012-akihisa-hiratas-photosynthesis-is-an-electronic-ecosystem-for-panasonic/
 Interni Legacy: http://www.interni-events.com/the-2012-event
 Panasonic: http://panasonic.net/es/company/exhibition/milanosalone/2012/index2.html
 OLED lights: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OLED
 solar panels: http://inhabitat.com/kyocera-announces-plan-for-japan-largest-solar-farm/
Copyright © 2011 Inhabitat Local - New York. All rights reserved.