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Futuristic Solar-Charging Station That Fits Into A Car’s Trunk [Pics]

Futuristic Solar-Charging Station That Fits Into A Car’s Trunk [Pics]
Design & Architecture

Winner of Volvo's design competition is a portable pavilion that takes its inspiration from the shape of their latest model.

Ross Brooks
  • 15 july 2013

Pure Tension is a solar-powered pavilion that can be rapidly deployed, reinforcing the characteristics of Volvo’s V60 and mimicking its highly efficient nature.

Designed by Synthesis Design + Architecture (SDA) – a Los Angeles-based architecture firm led by architect and USC professor Alvin Huang – the pavilion was the winner of a competition to design something that would showcase Volvo’s latest offering.

Apart from the mesh fabric floral design that makes the pavilion such a wonder to look at, there are also photovoltaic valves woven into the fabric’s membrane. These valves channel the sun’s energy directly into the car’s battery, making the design a perfect combination of fashion and function.

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What’s more, the lightweight nature of the canopy makes it easy to transport and set up, giving the solar-powered pavilion a portable nature as well.

Here are some more photos to give you an idea of the complexity and beauty of the design:


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