Energy Lab | Solar Structure

Energy Lab | Solar Structure

MYD studio
San Juan Capistrano, United States | View Map
Project Year

Cultural Centres

Jimmy Cheng Photography

the Energy Lab at the Ecology Center

MYD studio as Architects

The original program was to create a solar structure to house an 8-panel photovoltaic array. Taking aesthetic cues from the agricultural nature of the site, the design consists of open wood-framing, meeting at an asymetrical gable, at an angle located for optimal solar exposure. MYD also proposed the incorporation of a modular green roof system, as an additional feature and educational resource for the intended use of the space as an outdoor classroom and exhibition area for sustainable events and programs. Upon contacting regional vendors, contractors and construction professionals, we discovered a shared, enthusiastic desire to participate in this community-oriented project. The Energy Lab was made possible by donations of services from architectural and structural to those of construction professionals, as well through the generous donations from manufacturers and vendors, including LiveRoof, Richlite and Suntrek Solar. The power generated provides for all the energy needs of the historic main building, the Congdon House, the city’s oldest wood-framed structure, retrofitted several years ago by the city of San Juan Capistrano.

Project Credits
Product Spec Sheet

Brick House
next project

Brick House

Private Houses
Mount Lawley, Western Australia, Australia - Build completed in 2018
View Project