Art generates solar power


Dübendorf ZH/Lucerne – The façade of the NEST research building in Dübendorf has been adorned with photovoltaic modules as a work of art. The innovative solution was developed by the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Empa and Zug Estates.


Solar cells can adorn a façade as design objects. This has now been shown by a project installed at the NEST building of the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (Empa) and the Swiss water research institute EAWAG. Photovoltaic modules were installed on the façade of the building, creating a design object.


Empa has put into operation a project called “Glasklar”, with the involvement of Zug Estates as well as students and lecturers from the Design & Art and Technology & Architecture departments of the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts. In a two-week block event, the latter developed photovoltaic modules which are visually integrated into the design of the NEST building. The concept by textile design student Lynn Balli was installed. It was selected for the NEST building as the winning project in an interdisciplinary competition.


“If we can arouse the interest of designers in the design of building-integrated photovoltaic modules, we will make an important contribution to greater acceptance of photovoltaic façades and thus promote the expansion of renewable electricity production in Switzerland,” commented Björn Niesen, Innovation Manager at NEST, in an EMPA press release.

Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts

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