THE SUN ALSO SHINES IN THE CITY
Nowadays, renewable energy sources like solar power don’t have a prominent spot in the urban landscape. Due to their unappealing appearance, they are an eyesore to architects. Instead of facing this issue, developers rather banish innovative energy sources to isolated areas.
I wondered what the visual impact would be by doing the exact opposite. Instead of concealing, I developed an application in which solar energy takes up a visually prominent spot in the urban landscape.
A field of mirrors spread over city rooftops reflect the incoming sunlight to a focal point. This being the top of a tower whose appearance dominates his surroundings. Here, the concentrated sun-rays are converted into clean energy. This technology (CSP) has already been well established, the resulting visual language however feels rather unfamiliar.
In my project, solar energy gains a monumental value. It becomes a landmark which confronts citizens with the source of their energy. Hopefully resulting in a more efficient use.
Why would we generate electricity on remote places when the sun also shines in the city? Especially because it will continue to do so for many years to come.