(True Activist) If you’ve ever doubted solar panels installed on a building can be beautiful, just take a look at what C.F. Møller recently accomplished on the Copenhagen International School’s Nordhavn campus. For the project, an astonishing 12,000 solar panels which cover more than 6,000 square meters were installed. All in all, the on-site solar-power plant provides more than half of the 25,000 square-meter school’s electricity needs.
Unlike most solar-powered buildings, the panels weren’t entirely relegated to the school’s roof. Instead, modules were individually angled to create a brilliant sea-green surface that highlights the facility’s stacked-box form. Azure Magazine reports, “A light-interference process applies fine filters to the glass, determining which wavelengths of light are seen as colour. What’s not reflected is absorbed and turned into useable energy.”
The panels were developed by Swiss research institute EPFL (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne) and were custom manufactured by Emirates Insolaire. Said Hansen, “The square-format panels break the project down to a human scale when experienced up close, and from afar read as a seamless wrapping in flickering green hues, reflecting the surrounding harbour basin.”
C.F. Møller sought to represent the local community with the sea green photovoltaics. Hansen explained, “The building is both inspired by and deliberately uses the large-scale architecture that occupies the industrial part of the harbour, which will soon fall short to transitional changes as the city reclaims the area.”
Now that Elon Musk has introduced aesthetically-pleasing solar roof tiles, the public’s perception of photovoltaics is beginning to change. C.F. Møller‘s latest project is additional proof that solar panels can be the star attraction of a structure.