Photovoltaic (PV) panels convert solar energy from the sun into electricity. Recognized as a source of natural and clean energy that is helping to reduce carbon emissions and address climate change, the use of photovoltaic power is expanding rapidly across many sectors.
PV panels are commonly integrated into a roof’s structure — however, they can also be fitted as part of a building’s facade. PV roof tiles are solar panels designed to look and function like commonplace roofing materials. Their design ensures they are seamlessly combined with a roof’s standard tiles. Read more about photovoltaic roof tiles on Archello.
Embracing and harnessing solar energy, this list provides a selection of residential buildings, office buildings, and an innovative solar pavilion, designed with integrated PV panels.
1. Haus B
In Haus B by Yonder – Architektur und Design, the roof is clad in photovoltaic shingles that harvest energy and serve as a water-resistant covering. The inclusion of these PV tiles is in keeping with the home’s contemporary design.
2. Glanhof 1
The solar design for Glanhof 1 by Architects Collective cleverly integrates PV panels into the glass facade, making the building virtually energy autonomous.
The Black House by Arhitektura d.o.o. discreetly incorporates PV panels on its roof, blending with the overall architecture.
This modern energy efficiency center on the campus of Hochschule Niederrhein university in Mönchengladbach, Germany, incorporates a sculptural facade made of photovoltaic elements. Designed by kadawittfeldarchitektur, the PV panels are adjusted according to the orientation and occurrence of solar radiation; the shiny blue panels also give the building its name.
5. Haus Hoinka
UNStudio remodeled a number of facets of the Hanwha headquarters in Seoul, including the building’s facade. Angled glazing acts as shading from the sun and PV cells are positioned to receive optimal levels of sunlight.
The historic structure of Living Warehouse by Haddock Architecture is enhanced and reused to support the photovoltaic roof of the house.
8. Max & Moore
Designed by Mei architects and planners, Max (in black) and Moore (in white) are two analogous office buildings that make use of integrated PV panels in their respective facades.
10. Solar Pavilion
The main pavilion of Dutch Design Week 2022 was a collaboration with the first edition of The Solar Biennale. Counterbalancing prevailing technological and economic views on solar energy, the pavilion was “imagined as a space to experience the poetic power of the sun [and] an energetic meeting place where visitors could experience the sensory nature of solar energy.” The pavilion was designed by V8 architects in conjunction with Marjan van Aubel Studio.