Hydroelectric Power Station Punibach / monovolume architecture
The Punibach hydroelectric power station is conceived as a fracture in the landscape. Harmonically integrated in its surroundings, it suddenly breaks it open and reveals the machines in its interior, which serve to transform natural power into useful energy.
The goal was to smoothly integrate the rather bulky volume into a gentle hilly landscape. Punibach hydroelectric power station was thus conceived as an almost linear fracture in the grassland — perfectly assimilated to the surroundings but without hiding its character.
The concrete slab rammed into the ground separates the smooth hilly landscape and the raw building structure made out of natural, earth coloured materials. By night the appearance changes radically.
By night the appearance changes radically: Whilst the landscape disappears in the darkness, the power station glows through the lamellar façade, becoming a distinctive landmark visible from the main road not far away.