Originally published in Interiors & Sources

05/26/2010

Energy-Positive Media Skin Combines Technology, Design, and the Environment

SolPix features a large-scale color LED display and photovoltaic panels integrated to a sun-shading system, transforming glass structures into energy-positive envelopes

 
Energy-Positive Media Skin Combines Technology, Design, and the Environment

Simone Giostra & Partners Architects created a groundbreaking, solar-powered sun-shading media wall system for Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum’s Triennial.

 

SolPix, Energy-Positive Media Skin, is positioned at the convergence of technology, design, and the environment. It’s a full-scale working prototype that demonstrates an ability to interact with the environment while improving the energy performance of the Museum.

 

SolPix features a large-scale color LED display and photovoltaic panels integrated to a sun-shading system, transforming the existing glass structure into an energy-positive envelope. SolPix harvess solar energy and uses it to power the screen while protecting from excessive solar radiation.

 

“SolPix will reduce the carbon dioxide emissions by new developments or existing buildings, providing a proportion of their energy from on-site renewables, potentially transforming entire cities into energy-positive infrastructures”, says Simone Giostra of Simone Giostra & Partners Architect, who was involved in the project.

 

SolPix will constantly monitor its own performance using embedded, custom-designed software that visually displays the energy balance of the system, using an algorithm to generate motion graphics and transforming the installation into a responsive environment for entertainment and public engagement.

 

It allows daylight in while controlling exposure to direct sunlight, reducing heat gain and transforming excessive solar radiation into energy for the media wall. When applied to exteriors, the sun-shading elements provide unobstructed outside views from the building interior while lending a contemporary texture to the building exterior. The horizontal or vertical panels can be mounted at a preferred angle or be rotated to maximize exposure to direct sunlight. Additionally, SolPix is a transparent media wall with digital screen capabilities for dynamic content display. The panels can be used to create stunning media effects on very large building envelopes that are viewable from inside and outside the building.

 

 

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Visit our website today to learn about the design flexibility of a Morton building and the endless possibilities of partnering with our designBUILD team.

Wood construction is both cost and energy efficient. Check out Morton Buildings and our designBUILD team online today to discover all the benefits of post-frame construction.

We Can Help You Reduce Energy by 30%

Our mission is to help our customers manage their buildings' energy costs, improve reliability, and enhance performance while having a positive impact on the environment.
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Mitsubishi Electric’s H2i R2-Series heat pumps provide 100% heating capacity down to 0° F and simultaneous heating and cooling down to -4° F delivering year-round comfort, regardless of climate zone.

 
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