The Energy Roof by Coop Himmelb(l)au

28 January of 2010 by

energyroof1 The Energy Roof by Coop Himmelb(l)au

As part of the “Walking through the History” research project for the University of Perugia, the Energy Roof project was designed by Vienna-based Coop Himmelb(l)au.

The architectural design was unveiled earlier this month by founderand CEO Wolf D. Prix during a press conference in Perugia, Italy. The striking structure, wedged between several historical buildings,melds the old with the new. An important aspect of the project was tocombine energy generation, sun-shading and architectural elements intothe design. According to the website, the self-sufficient structurewill serve as a canopy, an entrance to an underground public galleryand passageway that connects the city center with the Pincettomini-metro station. The underground gallery will showcase the historyof city.

Powered by both wind and sun, one side of the structure will becovered in transparent solar cells while the other side will generateenergy from its wind turbines. Originally designed to generateelectricity for the city, the east wing of the distinctive structurewill capture the wind while the west wing will be optimized for solar.

The Energy Roof consists of three layers: 

  1. The energy-generating top layer comprised of transparent photovoltaic cells that will generate electricity and provide shade.
  2. Five wind turbines, located in the structural middle layer, will generate wind energy.
  3. The bottom layer will be comprised of laminated glazing and translucent pneumatic cushions.

Whether you appreciate the design or not, the Energy Roof is guaranteed to be a conversation starter!

Image courtesy of Coop Himmlb(l)au

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