In the age of sustainability, most architects still see the issue of energy in buildings primarily as a constraint to work on. Particularly in the case of solar energy many of the new technological possibilities and integration potentials are not known and therefore not applied in the current design practice due to perceived barriers. Nowadays, new technological possibilities and inspiring projects of solar architecture have been demonstrated and need to be promoted in order to captivate architects, showing the architectural quality of “solar” and the huge potentials of a multidisciplinary approach bridging energy, design and construction. To appeal to architects, it is important to communicate in their language, in an innovative way and using a more complex approach where energy, architecture and construction are part in a unique design concept.
The main goal of this website is to promote the construction of solar buildings by shifting the attention from technology to architecture. Real examples and stories of best practice prove today the feasibility and the quality of solar buildings in terms of aesthetics, construction technology and sustainability. By emphasizing architecture www.solarchitecture.ch encourages both architects and clients to adopt new building concepts.