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FOCUS 21: The Solar House

The 2,200 m 2 FOCUS 21 building in Toftlund, in the southern part of Denmark, wasplanned as a centre for hosting exhibitions, conferences, courses and relatedactivities on new energy technologies and environmental issues. The planners alsohad a vision that the building would be an integrated energy system. This meantthat its design needed to achieve maximum utilization of passive and active solarenergy, passive cooling, and natural daylight.It was envisaged that the multi-purpose façade would be a key element in thebuilding. The upper third would be a daylight window with light reflecting blinds;the middle part, a vision window with movable solar shading; whilst photovoltaicpanels would be integrated into the lower third of the façade. In addition, theexposed concrete ceiling would help redirect daylight deeper into the building,while aiding passive cooling at night.

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Esbensen Consulting Engineers
Vesterbrogade 124 B
1620 Copenhagen
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