Energy factory: transformation of a Can Batlló storage facility into a mixed-use urban solar power plant
Tutor / director / evaluatorGonzález Raventos, Aquiles; Bru Bistuer, Eduard; Domènech Rodríguez, Marta; Llobet Ribeiro, Xavier
Document typeMaster thesis
Rights accessOpen Access
This thesis is investigating the spheres of influence architects have to contribute to an environmentally responsible built environment. By giving a short introduction to the problem the scale of the challenges become obvious, as does the need for urgent action. The areas of influence that are very closely linked to the actions of the architect are those of conceptual theory, structure, materiality and energy generation. By developing and adapting existing theories, rethink structural systems and take a closer look at the materiality of our designs we have a very strong influence on how to face the environmental emergency in front of us. The areas of main influence for the architect are, although very interconnected, separated into different patterns. The main architectural questions on content, form, construction and materiality enriched and extended through incorporation of ecological concepts throughout the building project. Each pattern deals with a different kind of architectonic or urban scale problem in the field of environmental architecture and tries to find an appropriate answer through analysis, references and experimentation. The result represents a design based on the intensive exploration of 8 different patterns. One of the most important decision was to work with the energy flows within and around the building. Another important decision was to keep and adapt the exisiting structure of Can Batlló and to proceed cautiously with the green public spaces of the former factory.
SubjectsSustainable architecture, Solar energy, Sustainable construction, Photovoltaic power systems, Arquitectura sostenible, Energia solar, Construcció sostenible, Instal·lacions fotovoltaiques
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