As the race to combat climate change becomes more urgent, solar energy generation is taking shape in a suite of new forms. Created by HG-Architecture in Seoul, Solar Pines are rest areas that double as “sunlight generation sculptures”. Inspired by the spatial efficiency of pine cones, the solar-absorbing geometric roof tilts to absorb the optimal amount of sunlight, generating up to 1.2kW per hour. In addition to its power generation capability, the structure’s attractive design makes it a perfect choice for green parks or urban plazas.
The nature-inspired geometric design is ultra efficient. The solar panels are contained in the roof’s shell, which is made of prefabricated modules. The entire volume is supported by a “pipe” system formed out of two intertwining arcs. This feature eliminates the need for bulky vertical supports and adds a pleasant light aesthetic to the structure. The prefabricated materials make installation extremely time and space efficient – another benefit for local communities.
According to the architects, the Solar Pines are meant to bring exceptionally efficient clean energy generation to communities without forsaking aesthetics. “This project is a prototype for mass production, and also an attempt to respond to the potential demand for an environmental structure using solar panels, as well as for creating a new market by commercializing this type of eco-friendly structure through the incorporation of design elements.”
Photography by Kyungsub Shin