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Solar-Powered Georges-Freche School of Hotel Management has a Recyclable Anodized Aluminum Skin

Posted By Tafline Laylin On September 25, 2012 @ 9:10 am In Architecture,carousel showcase,clean tech,Environment,Gallery,Innovation,Solar Power | 2 Comments

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Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas [1] originally won the rights to design France’s newest public building through the 2007 Région Languedoc-Roussillon architecture design competition. Their awe-inspiring sculptural design consists of a hotel and three restaurants as well as accommodation for both students and staff. This ensures the most efficient use of space by combining education, housing and real-world hospitality in one 3.95 acre site.

Anodized aluminum is recognized as one of the most sustainable commercial building materials because of its recyclability, and Studio Fuksas has used a lot of it. No fewer than 17,000 cases of triangular-shaped panels were incorporated into the facade, which creates a dazzling display of light and shadow. And finally, rooftop photovoltaic panels [2] on the first building and management apartments provide renewable energy for part of the school. While we’ve certainly seen greater commitments to sustainability, the Georges-Freche School of Hotel Management might just be the most beautiful of its kind.

+ Studio Fuksas [1]

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[1] Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas: http://www.fuksas.it/intro/

[2] photovoltaic panels: http://inhabitat.com/breaking-solar-power-breakthrough-could-render-solar-cells-obsolete/

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