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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Punibach Hydroelectric Power Station in South Tyrol, Italy by Monovolume

 
October 5th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Monovolume

The Punibach hydroelectric power station is conceived as a fracture in the landscape. Harmonically integrated in its surroundings, it suddently brakes it open and reveals the machines in its interiors, which serve to transform natural powers into useful energy.

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  • Architects: Monovolume
  • Project: Punibach Hydroelectric Power Station
  • Location: Planeiler Alm (BZ), South Tyrol, Italy
  • Client: Puni Energie GmbH (Ltd.)
  • Programme: Hydroelectric Power Station
  • Realisation: 2010/11
  • Pressure Pipeline Length: 4.115 m
  • Turbines: 2 horizontal Pelton
  • Average Annual Production: 14,3 mil. kWh
  • Construction Cost: 9,0 mil. Euros
  • Software used: ArchiCAD

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The concrete slab rammed into the ground separates the smooth hilly landscape and the raw building structure made out of natural, earth coloured materials. By night the appearance changes radically.

Whilst the landscape disappears in the darkness, the power station glows through the lamellar façade and presents itself as a landmark to the viewers over the road.

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Similarly to the preceding Winnebach project, also Punibach hydroelectric power station is located in a very delicate natural/alpine surrounding, and monovolume architecture+design was called by SEL AG (Südtiroler Elektrizitäts-Aktiengesellschaft) to manage the architectural integration between form, function and environment. Again, a defined statical and engineering project was provided by SEL AG, which was carefully adapted to meet the aesthetical and architectural needs in close coordination with the specialist engineers.

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This time the goal was to smoothly integrate the rather bulky volume into a gentle hilly landscape. Punibach hydroelectric power station was thus conceived as an almost linear fracture in the grassland — perfectly assimilated to the surroundings but without hiding its character. It suddently brakes the landscape open to reveal the machines in its interiors, which serve to transform natural powers into useful energy. Once again, as requested by the client, this was achieved with simple architectural arrangements. The predefined position of the pressure pipeline, the Y-pipe, hydroelectric turbines, returning conduit, as well as the pre-existing sand trap were not changed.

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The concrete slab rammed into the ground separates the smooth hilly landscape and the raw building structure made out of natural, earth coloured materials.

By night the appearance changes radically: Whilst the landscape disappears in the darkness, the power station glows through the lamellar façade, becoming a distinctive landmark visible from the main road not far away.

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