Architecture That Goes Above & Beyond
Swiss firms are taking sustainable architecture to a whole new level. While many building owners and architects are satisfied off-setting their energy usage by leveraging renewable technologies like solar panels. Zurich based architecture firm, SKOP, is upping the ante for sustainable architecture projects.
Back in 2013 SKOP won a bid to design and build an elementary school in Biel, Switzerland. The project took 4 years to commission build. The school saw completion in 2017. The finished design offers an extraordinary example of how architecture can go above and beyond the needs of the building and address a greater purpose. The school building features a multi-folded roof. This design maximizes available surface area available for solar panel placement on the site.
The site features 1,102 solar panels that provide enough electricity to cover the energy consumption of the school as well as 50 additional households in the area.
The building achieves this feat by meeting strict MINERGIE-A® standards. This certification requires that new buildings consume up too 35 kWh in electricity annually. With the schools 1,102 solar panels on its jagged roof, the building can produce energy many times over what the school actually needs to operate at full capacity.
In addition to a well-insulated structure, the building uses optimized energy efficient technology with heat recovery features and LED lights. The school construction used prefabricated timber construction methods from sustainably sourced wood. The highest requirements of sustainability have been taken into account since the beginning of planning for this project. We love these examples of municipal architecture serving the needs of the greater community.