The „Architectural Award Building Integrated Solar Technology“ was established by the Solarenergieförderverein Bayern (Bavarian Association for the Promotion of Solar Energy) in the year 2000. It is one of the few international competitions at the interface between architecture and solar energy. The award honors the planning and designing of excellent building-integrated solar systems and showcases exemplary solutions in sophisticated architecture.
Projekt 08: Saxum Vineyard Equipment Barn, Paso Robles (US)
Saxum Vineyard is located southwest of the city of El Paso de Robles in California. Clayton Korte Architects from San Antonio designed the equipment barn to provide covered storage for farming vehicles, implements and livestock supplies. Filigree circular tube supports with diagonally arranged struts form the supporting structure and stiffen a gently inclined monopitch roof.
Photovoltaic modules are mounted in eight rows on a slim substructure, providing weather protection and the power generator. The system is expected to produce about 88,700 kWh/a of solar power, which will meet the entire energy requirements for the vineyard and irrigation wells. In conjunction with the translucent wall surfaces, an excellent example of agricultural construction has been created that combines aspects such as minimal material use and recycling with aesthetic demands.
Clayton Korte Architects were honored for this project with a special mention in the competition “Architectural Award Building Integrated Solar Technology 2020“.
Owner: Saxum Vineyards
Architect: Clayton Korte Architects, San Antonio
Solar Basis of design: Pacific Energy Company
PV solar installer: Wesco Electric
PV modules: Lumos Solar