Taiwan's new Taichung Convention Center will be covered in solar-powered skin that naturally ventilates the structure reducing energy consumption.
The skin--a pleated smocking-esque envelope--provides a natural air flow to the building minimizing air conditioning usage. It also uses a high-tech double photovoltaic glass to reduce the remaining energy consumption. Part of the pleat is also transparent so that natural light can permeate the interior.
Commissioned by the Taiwanese government, the design was completed by Beijing-based MAD Architects. The structure--which looks like volcanoes wrapped in venetian blinds--is intended to blur the line between landscape and topology. They hope the center will become a new local landmark inspiring future sustainable development.
We hope so too.
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