DEM Power Engineering Demonstration Centre
by NAPUR Architect

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This engineering research facility at the University of Debrecen, Hungary, by NAPUR Architect has a steel-panelled facade that can fold open to let daylight penetrate the laboratories inside (+ slideshow).

D E M Power Engineering Demonstration Center by NAPUR

Budapest firm NAPUR Architect designed the steel-framed building to accommodate the university's power engineering department, which researches and demonstrates electrical systems including generators, motors and transformers.

D E M Power Engineering Demonstration Center by NAPUR

The two lower levels of the building house laboratories and teaching areas, while an open-air metal cage-like structure on top of the building functions as a research area for solar and wind energy.

D E M Power Engineering Demonstration Center by NAPUR

The corrugated steel facade panels slide back to reveal windows on three corners of the ground floor and at the entrance, increasing or decreasing the amount of light inside each laboratory.

D E M Power Engineering Demonstration Center by NAPUR

"The mobile frontal elements can provide full daylight or full darkness in internal spaces at any time of the day," said architect Marcel Ferencz.

D E M Power Engineering Demonstration Center by NAPUR

"The panels at the entrance are also used to dim the central space for lectures," he added.

D E M Power Engineering Demonstration Center by NAPUR

The first floor contains the power-engineering systems, a control area and service spaces.

D E M Power Engineering Demonstration Center by NAPUR

The interior is heated via panels on the walls, floor and ceilings, while exposed concrete surfaces and work benches feature throughout.

D E M Power Engineering Demonstration Center by NAPUR

Other laboratories we've featured are an electrical testing facility wrapped with crinkled polished metal, a pair of concrete laboratories elevated on red metal stilts and a cement manufacturing laboratory with a tapered concrete roof.

D E M Power Engineering Demonstration Center by NAPUR

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D E M Power Engineering Demonstration Center by NAPUR

Photography is by Tamás Bujnovszky.

Here's a description from the architects:


DEM Power Engineering Demonstration Centre

The unique 300 m2 power engineering laboratory building realised in Hungary at the campus of the University of Debrecen explores and demonstrates the architectural and building power engineering connections of the climate change.

D E M Power Engineering Demonstration Center by NAPUR

In the building open to the public the most up-to-date power engineering systems are presented in a manner understandable also by nonprofessionals, including technical solutions from the future of architecture installed freely, outside the walls without any covering.

D E M Power Engineering Demonstration Center by NAPUR

The mobile frontal walls of the steel cube consisting of 15x15 m regular square elements hide a building embedded in a perfect sheath of power engineering built according to the 'house in a house' principle.

D E M Power Engineering Demonstration Center by NAPUR

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.

D E M Power Engineering Demonstration Center by NAPUR

The mobile steel frontal providing for shading can be moved as desired by the time of day.

D E M Power Engineering Demonstration Center by NAPUR

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.

Architects: Marcel Dla Ferencz and Gyorgy Detary.

D E M Power Engineering Demonstration Center by NAPUR
Ground floor plan
D E M Power Engineering Demonstration Center by NAPUR
First floor plan
D E M Power Engineering Demonstration Center by NAPUR
Front elevation
D E M Power Engineering Demonstration Center by NAPUR
Section A
D E M Power Engineering Demonstration Center by NAPUR
Section B
  • mb4design

    Static, redundant images of a building advertised as dynamic.

    • Dada

      Seriously!

  • John Kenner

    “The mobile frontal elements can provide full daylight or full darkness in internal spaces at any time of the day”. Errm, fancy way to describe shutters, and what is up with the high fence on the roof?

  • ed

    Double word…

    Static, redundant images of a building advertised as dynamic.