SolPix at Cooper Hewitt
We love the Design Triennial at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum.
Here is the first of several installments:
SolPix, Energy-Positive Media Skin is a solar powered sun shading media wall system created by Simone Giostra & Partners Architects and designed by Giostra. Giostra collaborated with artists Jeremy Rotsztain and Rory Nugent on the installation.Permasteelisa North America manufactured and installed the media skin.
It features a large scale color LED display and photovoltaic panels integrated to a sun-shading system. SolPix makes existing glass structure into an energy-positive envelop, collecting solar energy to power the screen, while protecting the Conservatory from excessive solar radiation.
“SolPix will reduce the carbon dioxide emissions by new developments or existing buildings, providing a proportion of their energy from on-site renewables, potentially transforming entire cities into energy-positive infrastructures,” said Simone Giostra.
The project was inspired by GreenPix, a carbon-neutral LED display for the Xicui Entertainment Complex in Beijing, near the site of the 2008 Olympics.
Giostra’s work has been exhibited at the DAZ – German Center for Architecture – in Berlin and at the Festival of Creativity of Florence. He was the recipient of the Archi-Tech Award, the Boston Society of Architects “Sustainable design award”, a finalist of the World Architecture Festival and the Zumtobel Award in 2008. Jeremy Rotsztain is a Canadian video artist and software developer whose hybrid practice incorporates cinema, painting, computer science, animation, imaging, and architecture. Rory Nugent is a programmer, electronic artist and environmentalist living in the New Jersey metro area.