There is plenty of space for energy generation on building envelopes. However, photovoltaic fašades are still rare, even though technology and aesthetics can be combined. As part of a competition, students at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts (HSLU) therefore designed photovoltaic modules as design objects for a fašade of NEST on the Empa campus. The winning projects were selected on February 19, 2021.
The designs of the HSLU students simulate PV modules in a new guise of colors, patterns and motifs, and are intended to integrate visually into the NEST research and innovation building. The artworks were created as part of a two-week block workshop held by the Department of Design and Art together with HSLU’s Department of Engineering and Architecture.
At the end of the workshop, there were two selection processes at a public online event to award the best projects: Firstly, participants were allowed to choose their own winning project via online voting. The winner was Florence Sch÷b with her design "Networked".
On the other hand, a six-member jury consisting of executives from Empa, HSLU and Zug Estates se-lected the official winning project, which will be installed on the fašade of NEST in the summer of 2021. The design "Glasklar" by Lynn Balli convinced the jury with its elegant highlighting of the dy-namics of glass and the successful implementation with eight individual works of art.