The Centre for Sustainable Energy Technologies, designed by MC Architects, focus on the diffusion of sustainable technologies such as solar power, photovoltaic energy, wind power and so forth.
The building, inspired by Chinese lanterns and traditional wooden screens, accommodates a visitors centre, research laboratories and classrooms for masters courses. The façade folds dramatically to create a dynamic shape.
A large rooftop opening brings natural light to all floors of the building simultaneously creating a flue effect to allow efficient natural ventilation and geothermal energy is used to cool and heat the floor slabs.
Photos by Daniele Domenicali