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monovolume architecture: hydroelectric power plant punibach

Isn’t this how stuff should fit in the landscape? From designboom


‘hydroelectric power plant punibach’ by monovolume architecture, planeiler alm, italy
all images courtesy of monovolume architecture

hidden within the delicate landscape, italian practice monovolume architecture‘s hydroelectric power plant punibach’ engineered by SEL AG, converts natural forces into useful energy while maintaining an artfully low profile in the alpine environment.
a rather simple solution was found for a space full of loud, bulky machinery while visually making an inconsequential impact of the site. a free-flowing concrete structure peels out of the hills, opening a fissure in the hillside supporting a green roof that camouflages the
otherwise industrial building. thin wood planks of varying sizes are revealed in this split in the ground plane to form a lamellar wall, where the warm light from the interior glows in the pitch-dark surroundings.


view form alpine forest



entrance


wood facade connection to roof plane


curvilinear roof form


slits in the wood plank wall emits a warm glow


view towards the access road


free-flowing concrete form


door detail


caption


interior machinery


large light-filled interior


floor plan / level 0


section


section

project info:

client: puni energie gmbh (ltd.)
location: planeiler alm (bz) – south tyrol – italy
programme: hydroelectric power station
realisation: 2010/11
pressure pipeline length: 4.115 m
turbines: 2 horizontal pelton
average annual production: 14,3 mil. kwh
construction cost: 9,0 mil. euros

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One comment on “monovolume architecture: hydroelectric power plant punibach

  1. marinavcarvalho
    17/09/2012

    excelent project. Cheers, Marina

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