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Pvilion has created a solar pavilion that is both a free-standing, modular, self-sufficient way for community gardens to power their activities as well as a protector from rain while harvesting rainwater

Global Design News |  May 22, 2023

In collaboration with Nos Quedamos and its partners, Todd Dalland from Pvilion has designed and will build and install Pvilion’s Community Garden Solar Pavilions for Community for WE STAY/Nos Quedamos, Inc.

The pavilions are highly visible, south facing, free-standing, modular, self-sufficient solar pavilions in low shade areas of local community gardens.

Pvilion’s Community Garden Solar Pavilions for Community has recently been awarded a 2023 Green Good Design Award by The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies.

They include rows of electrical outlets and USB outlets on countertops to charge cell phones, and other low voltage equipment.

The electricity that powers the outlets will be harvested from sunlight by lightweight, flexible solar cells that are integrated into the fabric of the solar pavilions.

Educational solar dashboards will be built into the pavilions to provide information regarding how much power is currently available in the batteries, how much power is currently being generated by the solar panels, and how much power is being drawn by the devices plugged in.

There will also be free, automatic wi-fi access, and routers will be built into the solar pavilions and powered by the solar energy harvested.

Wi-fi access will be available on cell phones automatically with no password required.

The design also includes low-voltage LED lights powered by the solar energy harvested to be built into the solar pavilions, to provide lighting at night.

There will be decorative lighting available to make the fabric roofs glow like urban lanterns at night and change colors for different occasions.

The solar pavilions will also feature sloped and guttered fabric roofs that will harvest rainwater, along with built-in spigots that will allow the water collected to be used for gardening to grow food and water the gardens.

The rainwater will be stored in above grade tanks.

Overall, the solar pavilions will serve as shelter from the sun and rain for meetings, presentations, and performances.

They are designed to be used as are multi-purpose outdoor rooms for community services, gallery shows, concerts, film screenings and other events.

Most importantly, the structures will be used as community resiliency hubs in the case of emergencies such as hurricanes, blackouts, and other disasters.

Fabric walls will be added to provide additional weather protection, which will be anchored to the ground and can be relocated when need be.

Project: Pvilion’s Community Garden Solar Pavilions for Community
Architects: Pvilion
Lead Architect: Todd Dalland
Partners: Nos Quedamos
Client: WE STAY/Nos Quedamos, Inc.
Images courtesy of the architects

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