The Aesthetics of Ecology.The Schwendi plant is designed as two structures. A long shed parallel to the slope houses a loading dock where organic materials are sorted and mixed. From the shed, materials are transported on a slow-moving underground track to the glass cube where combustion takes place. Heat for the client’s sawmill and a nearby hospital and electricity for 1,450 single-family houses are produced using an Organic Rankine Cycle machine.A circular exterior screen made of intersecting larch posts veils the top half of the cube.
This structure softens the glass’s reflection and glare, provides shading and adds a natural contrast to the cube’s industrial surfaces. The larch is nano-impregnated to prevent moisture absorption and preserve the wood’s reddish-brown color. .