Published on November 16th, 2013 | by No Artificial
Volvo’s Solar-Powered Pavilion
PURE Tension Pavilion launches in Milan, Italy.
The PURE Tension Pavilion was unveiled in October 2013 at a private press event hosted by Volvo Car Italia in Milan.
The striking pavilion is a portable, solar-powered tensile membrane structure created by Los Angeles-based firm Synthesis Design + Architecture with Buro Happold engineers to showcase Volvo’s new electric hybrid V60.
Pure tension is not just a typical trade show pavilion. It’s the first-of-its-kind portable charging station. The car plugs directly into the pavilion’s skin that carries 252 flexible photovoltaic panels and charges using the solar energy collected during a day.
Furthermore, it flat-packs to fit in the trunk of the car and assembles in less than one hour.
“We wanted to challenge the notion of solar power as something that is an additive piece of engineering infrastructure,” explained Synthesis founder and principal, Alvin Huang. “The solar panels became a design feature and design driver, rather than something applied after the fact.”
“Pure Tension is an experimental structure that, similar to a concept car, is a working prototype that speculates on the potential future of personal mobility and alternative energy sources for transportation while also exploring digital design methodologies and innovative structural solutions,” Huang added.