Soaking Up Sun In Spain With The Endesa Pavilion
August 30, 2012
Photography © Adrià Goula Sarda
As part of the Smart City Expo in Barcelona, the Endesa pavilion is light, portable, and solar-powered. With a modular structure constructed of laminated wood and a photovoltaic roof, the building exists as a study of “distributed intelligence” and digital fabrication. Read more.
Designed by the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia and developed by Visoren, the Endesa pavilion will reside at the end of the Muelle de la Marina for a year, operating as the provisional control center for Smartcity Barcelona. The pavilion will also be open to the public as an exhibition center, highlighting various Endesa initiatives including e-vehicles, efficient lighting, and microgrids.
The photovoltaic panels are housed on the south-facing façade, with the inclinations of each panel determined by the modules’ orientations. Each module is designed to accommodate winter and summer weather, providing sunlight and avoiding heat gain when necessary. This adaptive system of construction allows each module to “answer to his own structural, energetical and environmental” needs. The designers constructed the pavilion of wood, citing both the accessibility and adaptability of the product.