The blocks jutting out randomly on the portico make this structure look really interesting. And the amazing wooden structure standing at Villa Olympica in Barcelona is undoubtedly quite interesting. The window and shade arrangement, made from pyramidal shapes of varying sizes, looks very eccentric. However, the crazy design is based on a plan as each of the boxes sticking out holds a solar panel on its plane face. In fact, the unusual design serves another purpose as well. It provides a good enough shade to the wide windows propped below it.
The bizarre design of the 154 square meter Solar House 2.0 actually maximizes solar absorption of the structure. Yeah! This means that the design is capable of harnessing more solar power than other regular looking abodes. Moreover, the orientation of these protruding planes can be altered to bring them in line with the sun beams. The abode can generate about 100 kwh of energy and will use up only 20 kwh every day. The project will be a public attraction as it is a part of the Barcelona Smart City Project.
Besides the extraordinary shape, the house is made from solar bricks, which can collate data about energy usage and also insulate its interiors from solar radiation. The wooden facade of the abode also takes care of thermal insulation. Furthermore, the wood and modular sections used in construction boost the building’s durability and also minimize waste produced during the building process. The light and portable structure can be further developed as it is made from wood.
Additionally, the woody framework of the facade enhances the appearance of the house even inside. The steel furniture and all white add-ons contrast the woody surroundings. On looking closely, you will see the knots and loops on the wooden surfaces slotted outside the house. Although still a test center, this structure just blends into the busy, sunny and tropical coastline of Barcelona. It has been conceived by Institute of Advanced Architecture for Catalonia (IAAC) in collaboration with the energy giant Endesa.