When design and function get together – everything is possible. Located Just north of Thessaloniki, Greece - Henning Larsen has designed a hybrid office building/solar panel factory that is almost 100% self sufficient - solar of course! Built for Kilkis (an industrial city), the 100,000 square meter factory is the pinnacle of straight forward design, meeting the needs of the local communities and also the energy thirst of a growing economy.
“…The construction materials and coloring selected to mitigate energy loss also improve the building’s aesthetic appeal. Unlike some factories that are dull and mechanized, the solar panel production and administrative areas are bright and welcoming thanks to a series of large daylights that let in plenty of natural lighting…”
While solar technology is still advancing and improving at a startling rate, it seems almost ridiculous that more Mediterranean countries aren’t implementing a wider policy on factory energy use – giving large tax breaks or subsidies to companies willing to invest in energy saving solar power solutions. With long hot summers and plenty of scorching sunlight, a solar solution is essentially, a low cost sustanable energy source. Read the whole article over at inhabitiat – click here.