Colourful solar cells were developed a number of years ago, but for a variety of reasons many designers and architects still don’t employ the aesthetic potential fully. So it’s really heartening to see this project in London where developers Willmott Dixon brought a splash of colour to a new build
(Look also at work being developed by Art and Energy)
Kingsgate House in Chelsea – 2014
The seven-storey Kingsgate House on London’s famous Kings Road provides 43 affordable homes ranging in size from one to four bedrooms.
The project was developed by Willmott Dixon with Horden Cherry Lee Architects and provides homes for people living in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.
Kingsgate House makes use of eye-catching green photovoltaic (PV) cells, which run vertically down the front of the building and are designed to look like a living wall. The PV cells generate free electricity and help shade the apartments from the sun.