SOMMER ENERGIE PAVILLION
Organiser German Ministries BMU BMI Typology Public Space Procurement Type Competition
Location Wesel, DE Year 2018
Which options are available to promote the topic of energyefficiency in building and retrofitting in wider society so that it is promoted and applied on a broad range. This question was key subject of the RE:frame Competition in 2018. Solararchitekts proposal: A temporary pavillion during summer that promotes the topic of ecological building with an exhibition and a series of events.
A mayor and his/her city
We chose to work with the brief (three brief items could be chosen) that explores opportunities for mayors of medium sized towns to promote advantages of energy-efficient building and refurbishing. The motiviation behind this is to promote advanced building techniques on the one hand but also to debate and promote government funded building upgrades. The idea behind the installation of a pavilion is driven by the opportunity to talk directly to people and do this in a nice summer atmosphere. The pavilion is built to showcase some available methods of building that preserve natural ressource such as renewable energy technology ( photovoltaics ) and the use of natural building material like timber. Key concept of the architectural form of the pavilion are a series of stripes that are part of the landscape and floor but then become wall elements and the roof. The south-facing photovoltaic elements are built to follow the path of the sun during a typical summer day aiming to maximise solar energy gains. Visitors can explore the look, feel and performance of photovoltaics here.
Success by talking to the people
Visitors, the mayor und exhibitors meet personally and can explore the topic of energy saving in building design together. The varied angles of the south-facing wall stripes produce a play between light and internal surfaces. Hereby the relevance of natural light, that is obviously being used during daytime, is being showcased by the built form as part of the exhibition. The building structure consists mainly of timber, a natural building material that can well be reused after the pavilion is being dismantled.
North of the pavilion the proposal suggests an outdoor provision of organic food and drinks for refreshment creating a great visiting experience. The city of Wesel in Northrhine Westfalia is a historic intersection between the highly populated Ruhrarea in Germany and the Netherlands with a good connection to transportation.KS
Commission: Federal Ministry for the Environment (BMU)
Implementation: Federal Ministry for the Interior, Building (BMI)
Execution: Deutsche Energie-Agentur (dena) supported by Agentur mc-quadrat energy consultancy Poeschk.