For its project Tours Duo, two 180-meter and 125-meter high-rise buildings in the 13e arrondissement ‘Gobelins’ in Paris, that will be completed next year, Ateliers Jean Nouvel has chosen Solar Visuals’ energy-generating façade panels to leverage energy use and minimize the carbon footprint of the buildings. The 1500 square meter façade will be clad with 825 Solar Visuals panels in a custom-designed ‘gold look’.
Cover Image: © Ateliers Jean Nouvel
The 825-panel project and the 1500 square meters of energy generating cladding material will be split between DUO-1 and DUO-2. Due to this building integrated solution, the façades of buildings have become a large-scale resource for renewable energy generation. The custom-made Artlite Active Doré panels, especially designed and tailored for Tours Duo Paris by Solar Visuals, address the urgency to make the built environment energy neutral by 2030 as set out in The Paris Agreement while making a statement as a key design element for the two mixed-use towers.
High performance and aesthetic appearance
Artlite Active Doré panels are a glass solution, made from 4mm matte structured tempered glass and matt anodized gold frame, generating a power per panel of 250Wp by using premium technologies around the module: The monocrystalline cells combine high efficiency and performance with sleek aesthetics.
The panels, designed and installed by SOLSTYCE and provided by BIPV company Solar Visuals together with partners AGC Glass Europe, are set apart for their revolutionary printing layer. For the perfect balance between aesthetics and an optimized energy yield, a Solar Visuals developed grid pattern is used, partly covering the full black PV module including black busbars. In the case of the gold façade of Tour Duo, from nearby, this Star pattern is visible, while from further away the human eye creates a full-coverage gold façade.
Tours Duo, commissioned by global real estate company Ivanhoé Cambridge Europe, brings new office space, restaurants, retail, a hotel, and an auditorium to the 13e arrondissement in the east side of Paris.
“This project is about building the east side of Paris, its summit, its culminating point for the beginning of the century. It is also about creating a character, a singularity that is in relation with the reality of the site that reveals the particular beauty that relies on it to invent and strengthen the attractiveness of the place”, as released by Ateliers Jean Nouvel.
The commission by the renowned French architecture firm is an exciting new step for the Dutch renewable energy company and AGC’s Active Glass series.
“This project, in collaboration with an incredible team and partners, is the starting point of a future with endless possibilities for the aesthetic integration of solar panels in the built environment”, says Solar Visuals.
News courtesy of Solar Visuals