Innovation from interdisciplinary collaboration
From PV module to design object
There is plenty of space for energy generation on building envelopes. However, photovoltaic façades are still rare, even though technology and aesthetics can be combined. As part of a competition, students at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts (HSLU) therefore designed photovoltaic modules as design objects for a façade of NEST on the Empa campus. The winning projects were selected on February 19, 2021.
The designs of the HSLU students simulate PV modules in a new guise of colors, patterns and motifs, and are intended to integrate visually into the NEST research and innovation building. The artworks were created as part of a two-week block workshop held by the Department of Design and Art together with HSLU's Department of Engineering and Architecture.