Hydroelectric Power Station | monovolume architecture + design

• May 22, 2010

Italian architectural firm monovolume architecture + design designed this hydroelectric power station located at 800m above sea level, near Winnebach brook in Dörfl (Italy). It is a two storeys building comprising a ground floor and a the basement. Due to its site condition, it is partly built into the slope, and the polygonal form is conceived as a artificial rock quarried out of the slope.

The project consists in a simple but polygonal volume, which is formally adapted to the landscape and the local conditions.

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Hydroelectric Power Station, image courtesy of monovolume architecture + design

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Hydroelectric Power Station, image courtesy of monovolume architecture + design

+ Project description courtesy of monovolume

The hydroelectric power station is located near Winnebach brook in Dörfl (municipal territory of Vintl), at 800 m. above sea level. It’s partly built into the slope, since the building area was extremely reduced.

The project consists in a simple but polygonal volume, which is formally adapted to the landscape and the local conditions. The station is conceived as an artificial rock quarried out of the slope. This sensation is underlined by a very reduced use of materials (concrete, glass and steel) in their rougher form, as well as by the “veins” which cross the volume. These “veins” consist of light bands of layered glass and run around the building. At some specific points of those light bands a normal single glass delivers insight to the power station’s bowels.

The main building material is watertight concrete, which was pigmented with white mortar and aftertreated with hydraulic jet in order to acheive a raw appearance.

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Hydroelectric Power Station, image courtesy of monovolume architecture + design

The building has two storeys — a ground floor and a basement. The basement shelters the generating set, the distributing unit and the wire room, control tank as well as a storage room. The generating set room extends to the whole building height and is accessible by ground floor. The ground floor itself contains the space for the utility companies and the control room of the power station.

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Hydroelectric Power Station - Ground floor plan, drawing courtesy of monovolume architecture + design

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Hydroelectric Power Station - Section, drawing courtesy of monovolume architecture + design

+ Project credits / data

Type Of Project: Hydroelectric power station
Location: Dörfl (BZ)
Project Architect: monovolume architecture + design
Design Team: Juri Pobitzer, Patrik Pedó, Rita Rabensteiner, Simon Constantini , Cecile Dobler, Benjamin Gaensbacher
Client: Hydroelectric power station consortium limited company

Start on site date: 06.2008
Contract duration: 9 months
Gross internal floor area: 250m2
Form of contract and/or procurement: Competition
Total cost: 600.000 Euro
Annual co2 emissions: 0

Structural Engineers: Baukanzlei Sulzenbacher
Quantity surveyor: monovolume architecture + design
Planning supervisor: Studio Comclic
Lighting consultant: Eurolicht
Main contractor: Bauunternehmung Paul Lechner
Selected subcontractors and suppliers: Troyer Turbinenbau / Auroport / Metallbau Vorhauser
Photographer: Simon Constantini, Marion Gelmini

+ All images and drawings courtesy of monovolume | Photo by Simon Constantini + Marion Gelmini

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