Terra.Hub, Ursprung (Germany)
The new community and cultural centre on the outskirts of the village of Ursprung in Saxony is designed as a single-storey shed clad with vertical wooden slats. The southern side of the gable roof, which has wide fascias along the verges and eaves, slants downwards at a strikingly oblique angle.
Here 39 standard modules are mounted in three rows on a trapezoidal sheet metal covering; the additions to the roof edge are made with 21 custom-made PV modules. The installed PV power of 12.87 kW is used to operate a hydrogen plant; battery storage and electromobility complement the ambitious energy concept.
Terra.Hub is conceived as both a “culture barn” and energy centre. The roof surface, which is fully covered with PV modules, has no penetrations and thus provides a striking solar installation, exemplary for rural areas and a natural part of regional building culture.
The project received an honorary mention by the jury of the “Architecture Award Building-Integrated Solar Technology 2022“.
Initiator of the project: Stadt Lugau Stadtverwaltung
Client: roger und ines Gutes Leben GbR
Architect: furoris X art GmbH Architekte
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About the Architecture Award Building Integrated Solar Technology
The “Architecture Award Building-Integrated Solar Technology“ was started in the year 2000 by the Solarenergieförderverein Bayern (Bavarian Association for the Promotion of Solar Energy) and held since then for the 9th time. The award is established as an international competition concerning the interface between architecture and solar energy. The prize honors exemplary contributions of planning and designing building-integrated solar systems.
In the last edition of the competition the jury singled out 15 projects from 121 entries, which we want to present in a series. The jury was unanimous in its positive assessment that even with very different building tasks, and in different environments, these projects show that photovoltaic modules and solar thermal collectors can be successfully integrated with equal ambition in terms of design and technology.