Textile-based façade merges OPVs and OLEDs

Textile-based façade merges OPVs and OLEDs

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Taking place from September 1 to November 5, 2017 in Seoul, South Korea, the exhibition will bring together world-renowned architects, industry leaders, academics, and building scientists to explore the potential opportunities for architecture and industry.

For the Seoul Biennale, German architects Nikolaus Hirsch and Michel Müller, and New York-based Thai artist Rirkrit Tiravanija have developed a new building component of their ongoing “The Land” project. This new façade system will produce energy and emit light using advanced OPV and OLED technology.

The eye-catching, shingle-like façade concept is suspended from a series of four-meter long bamboo tubes. The project will be showcased in diverse sites from the Seoul Biennale in 2017 to the Luminale exhibition in Frankfurt, Germany, in 2018, and then from the Bau exhibition in Munich, Germany, to Merck in Darmstadt and finally arriving at “The Land” near Chiangmai, Thailand, where the prototype is to be realized in a larger version: a 400m² building for research and workshops.

The title “Do We Dream Under The Same Sky” by Thai artist Rirkrit Tiravanija embraces a universal and global culture against the current particularisms and promotes a practice of togetherness, sharing, exchange, and experimentation. The site of the installation will be located in a public space in Seoul to ensure it is directly accessible to a large number of visitors and citizens.

“We are very pleased that OPV from Kolon and Opvius – the latter also responsible for the system design – has been introduced to the public through this exciting project. It demonstrates the powerful effect of the combination between technology, aesthetic and artistic elements, and we have confirmed the possibility of applying next-generation OPV to building materials. We wish this occasion to help familiarize the public with new organic solar cells and raise awareness for renewable energy, thus contributing to its further distribution and penetration,” said Dr. Tae-Hwan Ahn, Senior Vice President of Kolon Industries.

“It is a privilege to work with our strategic partner, Merck, on this exciting project that showcases the superb OLED lighting experience so elegantly,” said David DeJoy, OLEDWorks CEO and co-founder.

“The OLED panels blur the line between light engine and light fixture, providing simplicity in integration of light with a myriad of construction materials. This is beautifully revealed in Hirsch, Muller and Tiravanija’s stunning design.”OledWorks –


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