The sundial is a non-digital technology that has long since passed into obsolescence, but BAUER ASKEW Architects recently gave the tool renewed relevance by featuring one on the Hemlock Semiconductor Corporation's new Tennessee building. As part of a thrust to develop solar-powered technology, the company moved to Clarksville and teamed up with Austin Peay State University. Chemical Engineering students from the school will study in HSC's swanky new 20,000 square foot education center that proudly displays a massive sundial clad in energy-generating solar panels.
Left transparent in order to invite curious onlookers to see what’s brewing inside the two-storey center, the building’s southern facade maximizes natural lighting. It also has a steep pitched roof which facilitates easy placement of solar panels that provide part of the overall energy requirement. A horizontal sunscreen keeps the harshest sun out during the summer while allowing much-appreciated warmth in the winter. And what of the sundial? A reminder of just how important the sun is in every day life, this modern rendition of a bygone tool tells both central and daylight savings time.
images via Jeffrey Jacobs Photography
Via Arch Daily