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  • 05.11.10

SolPix: A Giant LED Display That Doubles as a Solar Shield

SolPix, a prototype for a combined media-wall/solar blind premieres at the Cooper-Hewitt.

SolPix: A Giant LED Display That Doubles as a Solar Shield
SolPix

SolPix combines two of the biggest trends in facade architecture: Solar shielding and media walls. It functions first as a set of
heavy-duty blinds that can shift according to the strength of the sun.

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SolPix

But the blinds themselves have photovoltaics in them, as well as LEDs. The PV array uses the energy it gathers to create the media
facade
pictured below:

SolPix

In addition, the system monitors its own performance, and visualizes it in motion graphics that play across the facade:

SolPix

This is among the biggest and most advanced installations being unveiled this Friday at the opening of the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum’s Design Triennial. This year’s theme is design that tackles the world’s most
pressing problems. SolPix is also largest working prototype produced by Simone Giostra &
Partners Architects, so far. They hope that eventually, the system will be deployed by others looking to make their buildings both glitzy and green.

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Cliff is director of product innovation at Fast Company, founding editor of Co.Design, and former design editor at both Fast Company and Wired.

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