In this video from Zumtobel Group, Jan Wurm of Arup Deutschland GmbH and Lukas Verlage, CEO of Colt International GmbH, discuss the unique technological developments in “Solarleaf,” which recently won first prize in the Zumtobel Group Award’s Applied Innovations category. In addition to functioning as an effective shading system, this façade system uses solar panels to produce energy from algae to provide a new source of sustainable energy.
Architects: gmp architekten
Location: Aachen, Germany
Design: Volkwin Marg and Christian Hoffmann with Marek Nowak
Project Management – Competition: Marek Nowak with Olaf Peters
Competition Team: Sebastian Möller, Christoph Salentin, Tobias Unterberg
Project Management – Detailed Design : Tobias Unterberg
Detailed Design Team: Clemens Dost, Irina Stoyanova, Sarah Coenes, Christoph Salentin
Client: Trianel GmbH
Area: 6300.0 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of gmp architekten
Jury chairman Winy Maas has announced three projects by Arup, Studio Tamassociati and Elemental as winners of the 2014 Zumtobel Group Awards. With a goal to promote innovations for sustainability and humanity in the built environment, the awards represent three categories: Applied Innovations, Buildings and Urban Developments & Initiatives. This year’s winners were selected from 15 nominees, shortlisted from a competitive pool of 356 submissions.
The winning projects are marked by their innovative and ground-breaking character: “The voting to find the number one project was very close in all three categories, because in each case we were able to choose from among a large number of heterogeneous projects of high quality,” Described Maas. “One key criterion for the jury this year was the innovation factor, both in a technical sense and with a view to planning and participation processes as well as ecological and social challenges.”
See the winning projects, after the break.