The unique 3,230-square-foot power engineering laboratory building realized in Hungary at the University of Debrecen campus explores and demonstrates the architectural and power engineering connections of climate change.
In the building and open to the public is the most up-to-date power engineering systems presented in a manner understandable by nonprofessionals. This includes technical solutions for the future of architecture installed freely, or architecture outside the walls without any covering.
The mobile frontal walls of the steel cube consist of 50-foot by 50-foot regular square elements that hide the building embedded in a perfect sheath of power engineering built according to the ’house in a house’ principle. The building’s internal spaces — facing the four directions — demonstrate different usage comfort levels adjustable individually for each room by employing a variety of wall, floor, ceiling, and air heating.
The mobile steel frontal provides shading and can be moved as desired by the time of day. The mobile frontal elements can provide full daylight or full darkness in internal spaces at any time of the day. The solar power systems installed on the roof and the geothermal probes ensure that the building’s power consumption is nearly zero.
The project also received the recommendation of the Hungary Green Building Council and the World Green Building Council.