BIPV Media facade – Novartis Pavillon

09/05/2022 ASCA® Structures

The Novartis Pavilion is a meeting place for learning and sharing about science and medicine. Located on the Novartis campus in Basel, its curved, illuminated façade stands out in this contemporary architectural landmark. ASCA® solar solutions are at the centre of the zero-energy façade, revealing a large-scale light show created by artists inspired by science and innovation.

A zero-energy media façade

Thousands of LEDs are embedded in the façade facing both outwards and in the direction of the metal shell beneath. The light reflects from the shell and shimmers outwards through the transparent modules, creating a visually multi-layered membrane. Thanks to bi-directional solar inverters that were especially developed for this project, the modules power the LEDs that display digital art animations and inject surplus energy into the grid.

Extremely light-sensitive, ASCA® modules generate energy from light coming from all directions and even in low light conditions, allowing solar energy to be used on façades, balustrades, skylights and shading systems, regardless of their form or material. On top of design and production, ASCA takes responsibility for integrating the architectural and technical design of the printed solar cells. The aesthetical low-carbon energy solutions are based on 100 percent recoverable organic materials, which increases the sustainability of architecture.

ASCA - BIPV Facade - Novartis Pavillon

Powering building envelopes

“Thanks to our building integrated photovoltaic solutions, we reinvent architecture and provide a key solution for more energy efficient constructions,” ASCA´s Senior Vice President Business Development & Project Management Hermann Issa explains. “This project is a milestone: It shows that the integration of renewable energies into the building envelope is possible without any compromises on the architectural design. With this project, we are shaping the photovoltaic façade of the future.”


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