Solar Skywalks

Best Project of Public Space

About the project
Big cities have a great number of footbridges traversing busy arteries. They are often unattractive, downgrading the overall urban impression.
Our idea of cladding the unsightly pedestrian bridges with aesthetic, power generating photovoltaic modules and converting them into appealing city spots is not only sustainable but creates sculptural diversity that becomes a cityscape eye-catcher.
We propose more than just various design objects – we offer a system of sustainable urban structures with distinguishable visual appearance.
This sustainable concept has been created for existing footbridges in Chinese metropolises but it is just as well to apply for any new structures in any site worldwide. With only one rectangular shape of the PV panel, over 80 specific designs have been created for different urban areas of the city.
The electricity harvested from the sun can be used on site. Two mockups that were on show in Shanghai and Munich demonstrate the feasibility of the system.

Beijing, China

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Additional information

Applicant and author of the project
Peter Kuczia is an architect, educator and expert in sustainable constructions with more than twenty years of experience. He has been awarded multiple international prizes, including Iconic Awards, A’Design Award, International Design Awards, German Design Award, Architecture Masterprize and many others. His work has been exhibited and published around the world. He is a jury member in international competitions and the initiator and curator of the Design Educates Awards.

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