The Solar-Shade


At first glance these ‘Solar-Shades’ look pretty cool – but after thinking about it for a little while I’ve decided that I’m not convinced they’re not a part of some clever plot by Cobra Commander to take over our power grids…

Melbourne-based Büro North has teamed up with the Victorian Eco-Innovation Lab [VEIL] to design the ‘Solar-Shade – “a future possibility for the integration of solar-energy harvesting technologies into a form that is pragmatic (providing shade & energy), evocative and educational”. The project is intended to engage students – making an exhibit out of the PV technology being used.


The Solar-Shade is meant to function as more than a PV panel – it’s hooded form acts as a shading device, and will create covered areas in schoolyards and playgrounds. A large sail-cloth will extend the shaded area, protecting students from the sun while they learn about PV technologies – or simply lounge outside.

Designed to be rotated during the day, tracking the sun, the structures feature a ‘dynamic visual feedback system’ that indicates the amount of energy being collected at any given time. LED’s embedded in the structures will also indicate proper orientation – green LEDs for correct solar orientation, red LEDs for improper orientation and/or low energy collection.


::AMNP thanks to Büro North for emailing us::

Posted: May 14th, 2008
at 5:09pm by orangemenace

Categories: architecture,green arch,tech,featured ninjas

Comments: 3 comments


3 Responses to 'The Solar-Shade'

Subscribe to comments with RSS or TrackBack to 'The Solar-Shade'.

  1. I agree. At first site it does look cool, but simply takes up too much of the scenery. I am sure most residents would not be happy to have those in their backyard:)


    16 May 08 at 3:16 am


  2. I think the hybrid idea of shading from the sun while absorbing the sun’s energy is excellent. The concept and execution is great but it is not very accessible in terms of the way it fits in to the context. Plus, architects would probably design their own solar shade to compliment their design. Hopefully, these innovative guys at Melbourne will be project consultant to help us be more green and sustainable.


    23 May 08 at 12:10 pm


  3. Great post. We linked to you.

    SEI Design Group

    27 May 08 at 7:15 pm



Leave a Reply