Utilising facades to generate power

By September 04 , 2017
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C.F. Møller has designed a school in Copenhagen, Denmark, incorporating 10 solar panels for every student it can accommodate. The design of the building is such that it is interactive with the public space it is located in. The school spans across and area of 26,000 sm of space and can accommodate 1,200 students.

The facade of the building is clad with 12,000 solar panels which would be sufficient to produce at least half the school’s required electricity consumption annually. The total of this power generation can be equated to approximately 70 detached houses. This facade element is also being used as a part of the students’ academic curriculum wherein they would be required to record the data and use them in subjects like physics and mathematics. The height of the buildings ranges from five to seven storeys.

The school is divided into four sections according to the grades of the students.

All of the four school units have been built on top of the ground-floor base, which has space for common activities along with a foyer, sports facilities, a canteen, library and performance facilities. Separating this area with the classrooms gives the students an opportunity to use these areas even after school hours. The proximity of the school to the waterfront has been resolved by raising the top of the shared base to prevent students from wandering off the school premise.

According to the architects, the solar cells cover a total area of 6,048 square meters making it one of the largest building-integrated solar power plants in Denmark.

Project:  CIS Nordhavn
Client:  Property Foundation Copenhagen International School (ECIS)
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
Architects: C.F. Møller

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