Punibach Hydroelectric Power Station in Tyrol

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Punibach Hydroelectric Power Station in Tyrol

Architectural Development in Northern Italy – design by monovolume

27 Jan 2017

Punibach Hydroelectric Power Station

Design: monovolume, architecture+design

Location: Planeiler Alm, South Tyrol, northern Italy

Punibach Hydroelectric Power Station

Punibach Hydroelectric Power Station

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

Punibach Hydroelectric Power Station

Punibach Hydroelectric Power Station

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.

Punibach Hydroelectric Power Station Punibach Hydroelectric Power Station

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.

Punibach Hydroelectric Power Station

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.

Punibach Hydroelectric Power Station

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.

Punibach Hydroelectric Power Station

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.

Punibach Hydroelectric Power Station

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

Punibach Hydroelectric Power Station Punibach Hydroelectric Power Station

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.

Punibach Hydroelectric Power Station

Punibach Hydroelectric Power Station

Punibach Hydroelectric Power Station – Building Information

Client: Puni Energie GmbH (Ltd.)
Location: Planeiler Alm (BZ) – South Tyrol – Italy
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

Punibach Hydroelectric Power Station

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