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Japan Pavilion is a Solar Energy Generating Purple Silkworm Island
2010. 5 May
by Bridgette Meinhold The lightweight structure is composed of a tubular metal support system covered in a purple membrane with integrated solar cells. In addition to its solar power generation
(inhabitat.com) >Continuing our coverage of the Shanghai World Expo, we come to the Japan Pavilion, officially nicknamed the ‘Purple Silkworm Island’. Designboom is on the scene in Shanghai and has captured some great images of strange-looking purple bubble.
The lightweight structure is composed of a tubular metal support system covered in a purple membrane with integrated solar cells. In addition to its solar power generationcapabilities, the pavilion features natural ventilation and innovative energy-efficient cooling technologies.
The Purple Silkworm Island is covered in a light purple pillow membrane, which lets some light naturally filter into the interior of the building. 20-30 kW of solar cells have been integrated into the membrane to generate electricity, and the interior of the pavilion also features a variety of energy and water saving technologies. To top it off, Japan showed its love for robots with a humanoid bot performing on the main stage.