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We’ve been seeing a lot of impressive work coming out of workshops classes worldwide but this has to be one of the best. This pavilion completed by students at the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC) is a temporary structure that moves and adjusts its location according to sun movement.

Arch2o-Heliocell-IAAC Summer Workshop (1)

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The structure is made of rib like bent wood that incorporates solar panels into its skin. The IAAC explains the project, stating that, ‘It is a solar pavilion with the attribute of transforming its structure, so as to follow the sun path and get the maximum advantage of the solar radiation, to be captured by the solar panels incorporated on its skin.

Arch2o-Heliocell-IAAC Summer Workshop (19)

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The ribs are held bent by tensile cables attached to sensor controlled winches which allow the wood to relax or pull the curvature tighter as the sun moves through the sky, maximizing solar reception.

By Danya Hakky

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