GWS photovoltaic facade

GWS photovoltaic facade

Architect
Kaltenegger und Partner Architekten
Location
Graz, Austria
Project Year
2012
Category
Offices
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ertex solar

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energy lines on the Welios facade

ertex solar as Manufacturers

The Science Center idea was born over 40 years ago. The Exploratorium in San Francisco developed the first hands-on exhibits offering visitors an interesting, playful approach to the natural sciences and thus to material often perceived to be dry-as-dust. Since then, this mode of imparting knowledge is being utilized worldwide in museums and specially designed science centers. The mission: -Getting across that the natural sciences can be lots of fun, -Staging an educational experience involving all the senses, -Taking a learning-by-doing approach, and -Dispensing with all the moralizing and pressure to perform


The Architecture


A shimmering white metallic cube arises on the edge of downtown Wels. This architectural sculpture is transected by lines of light that function as a high-profile allusion to the focus of the content at Austria’s first science center: renewable energy and energy efficiency.


Set amidst Wels’ Volksgarten park, this brand new structure interlinks two highly contrasting areas of downtown Wels: the historic old city and the grounds of the expo center. This piece of modern architecture built with energy conservation as its highest priority is a new urban highlight emblematic of the viability and sustainability of this city. The facility’s architects, Linz-based archinauten / dworschak + mühlbachler architekten, call it a bundle of energy. The façade’s deep cleft delivers a clear—indeed, programmatically expressive—view into the inner workings of the Welios®.

Photovoltaic module for GWS in Graz, Austria.

ertex solar as Manufacturers

Since the beginning of October, in the well visible south façade of the office building of the non-profit Wohnbauträger (housing co-operative) in Plüddemanngasse 107, Graz, valuable green electricity has been produced. This area, as well as further photovoltaic modules on the flat roof of the house, annually generate an amount of energy of circa 12,000 kWh. When comparing this with the electricity consumed for the previous year, this amount corresponds to almost 10% of the annual electricity demand of the GWS building.


However, in order for everyone to benefit from this installation, there is now also an energy station in the area of the customer car park of the GWS. Here, with the help of a chip card that can be obtained from the GWS Customer Centre by way of a one-off deposit, individuals can refuel E-Bikes or E-Cars free of charge with green electricity.


ertex solar contributed 56 modules in 7 different surface densities to the project, with a total power of 10,7 kWp from 117 m². In order to satisfy the customer requirements, the challenge was to bring under one umbrella the clean integration of the logos in context with the cell design proposal from architect Erwin Kaltenegger and the total solution with regards to the steel and façade construction. The exceptional cell layout, with a precisely defined transparency, was due to the necessity to bring sufficient day light through the glass surface.

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