When I ever live Europe (and I probably will at some point), I’m going to live in Spain. No doubt about it. Not because I know the language, and not because London has awful weather. Simply because Spain seems to be on the frontier of renewable energy, which I’m increasingly certain will become the next “dot com-esque” growth industry.
Telefonica has commissioned PGIGrup to develop the Telefonica business park complex in Madrid. Along with all the usual corporate building accoutrements, this complex will sport what will integrate what will be europe’s largest solar collector: a 3 megawatt generating roof, consisting of 16,000 PV cells. The design itself will also reduce energy costs by about 1/3rd through passive climate management.
Here’s some clickable eye candy:
If you’re still not sold on how far ahead of the curve these guys are, just compare the Telefonica project to this architectural-futurocrap in Seoul, which is representative of the nonfunctional architecture found in contemporary “design”.