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MARCH 2020


An occasional sampling of activity from across the diverse practice of Transsolar.



/ Recently completed


Swatch Omega Headquarters, Bienne, Switzerland


Architects Shigeru Ban, Itten + Brechbühl AG
What we're excited about

  • - This campus is one of the largest hybrid timber constructions using 70,523 ft³ of indigenous spruce timber

  • - Room cooling by free cooling only from geothermal system via radiant ceilings

  • - Thermally activated ceilings without compromising acoustics in open plan office


Calgary, MacKimmie Block and Tower Redevelopment, Calgary, AB, Canada


Architect DIALOG
What we're excited about

  • - Major redevelopment and pilot project of Canada Green Building Council's Net Zero Carbon Building Program

    - Original concrete structure fully maintained and almost all of the removed materials of the façade and mechanical systems have been recycled

    - The building features a naturally ventilated active double façade to enable passive solar heating, natural ventilation, and optimized daylight

    - Displacement ventilation and radiant heating and cooling ensure high occupant comfort and energy efficiency of the remaining mechanical systems


Axel Springer Campus, Berlin, Germany


Architect OMA Office for Metropolitan Architecture
What we're excited about

  • - The building spaces are oriented towards a large central atrium that acts as a daylight source and offers a new type of collaborative working environment on the open terraces

  • - Displacement ventilation and floor-integrated radiant systems efficiently provide fresh air and thermal comfort on the terraces

  • - Open double facade to enable wind- and noise-protected natural ventilation of the perimeter office areas

    - Landscaped building roof accessible to the public


Destination Project – Isttaniokaksini Science Commons, Lethbridge, AB, Canada


Architect KPMB
What we're excited about

  • - Innovative ventilation, energy supply and conditioning concepts makes The Destination Project a pioneer for sustainable and high-performance buildings in Canada

  • - The large and bright winter garden is useable the whole year and supports the energy system of the building by utilizing solar gains.

  • - Thermal comfort in the offices is maximized by introducing radiative heating/cooling systems.

    - The project will reach the LEED Gold certification.


/ Selected work in progress


Smart Forest City, Masterplan, Cancun, Mexico


Architect stefano boeri architetti

This masterplan, for a new city near Cancun near the coast of the Yucatán Peninsula is intended for companies to provide high quality and comfort residences and work. Transsolar was challenged with developing comfort measures without classical air conditioning systems, made possible by well thought-out buildings that also have no clear boundaries between inside and outside and are self-sufficient.




Wipro Gopanapally Campus, Hyderabad, India


Architect Morphogenesis

WIPRO's new Gopanapally Campus in Hyderabad will consist of more than one million square feet of office space. The façade is optimized for reduction of solar loads. High daylight autonomy leads to very good visual comfort and significant cooling energy savings. Large trees and a dry mist system provide additional improvement in outdoor comfort, which allows year-round use in the sometimes very hot and humid climate of Hyderabad. The entire complex is slated to be ready for occupancy by the end of this year.


USO – Hofgut Karpfsee Langes Haus, Bad Heilbrunn, Germany


Architect Florian Nagler Architekten

The goal of this project was rather unusual: An existing farm in the foothills of the Alps was to be converted into a sustainable and largely self-sufficient plus-energy building complex which will house projects related to art and nature. The largest of the building complexes is completely self-sufficient. Residue wood from the nearby 100 ha large forest powers a combined heat and power plant with wood gasification, which is supplemented by rooftop photovoltaics. The project remains in-progress as we focus on the long-term monitoring and optimization of its energy performance.


German Pavilion EXPO 2020 Dubai, Dubai, UAE


Architect LAVA

In the German Pavilion Expo 2020, visitors pass through a "vertical campus", an ensemble of buildings under a free-form roof. The precise design with minimal use of resources and energy consumption shows how to connect indoor and outdoor environments even in extreme climates like Dubai. Between the cubes of the exhibition and classrooms, the terraces offer views over the diverse interior of the pavilion. The opaque trapezoidal roof reduces solar gains to a minimum but allows sunlight to flow through small openings in the surface structure into the open atrium. In response to this concept, the Pavilion’s atrium is naturally ventilated during the months of the mild winter temperatures in Dubai and sealed during hot periods and occasional sandstorms.



Check out our additional work in progress here.


Events and Awards


Projectday Winter 2020


Twice a year, Transolarians come together at one of our offices to learn from each other, grow, and share information. This January we met in Stuttgart and spent three very productive days discussing the future of Transsolar and how to most efficiently share knowledge. Of course, we also learned from each other through presentations on our project work. Not to forget several highly competitive ping pong matches! What stands out each and every time we come together is how invested we all are – not only in our company but in bringing about positive change for our environment while keeping human comfort levels top of mind.




Transsolar is committed to education and takes this commitment very seriously. Recently, Tom Slater of our New York team worked as an energy critic for the class AT5 Integrated Design – Urban Scale at Columbia University in NYC. The goal of the class is to introduce students to the complexities of integrated design, where multiple disciplines and stakeholders weigh in on a project from an early stage. Students are tasked with creating a redevelopment scheme, in this case for a section of the Brooklyn waterfront, that addresses mobility, energy, and water.


This semester Pamela Cabrera has been involved in two teaching experiences with graduate students in architecture at The Cooper Union and Parsons School of Design. In Cooper Union, Pamela has been working as an external research collaborator to the Master of Science in Architecture studio for the design of Cooper's Venice Biennale pavilion. The title of the biennale is "How we will live together?" and the research is focused on the complexities of interior microclimates in New York City. The work is carried out by a team of faculty, research collaborators, and master students, and will culminate in an exhibition at the 2020 Venice Biennale in May. In Parsons, Pamela was a guest speaker to the Construction Technology II class for Master in Architecture I students. The talk presented a range of projects by Transsolar and how our firm has been able to design innovative concepts that integrate building operations and architecture.

Greenbuild International Conference and Expo

Krista Palen from Transsolar New York presented "Designing Hybrid Ventilation for Comfort and Energy Savings" at the Greenbuild Conference in Atlanta in November. Together with Jason Niebisch and Kit Elsworth of Kieran Timberlake, Krista described the experimental process of designing a hybrid ventilation system within a retrofit industrial building.


Facades + Symposium

Tommaso Bitossi represented Transsolar at the facades+ Symposium in February in Washington, D.C. Together with UC Berkeley’s Center for the Built Environment he participated in a discussion-led panel focused on their sustainability process and materials research. The impetus for the panel was the Clean Energy Act D.C. passed in January 2019 by Washington, D.C.’s city council, an ambitious piece of legislation enacting strict building performance energy standards by 2021. Complying with the new standard will require innovative facade solutions as well as the application of high-performing materials.



Transsolar Academy


A new group of Transsolar Academy fellows was welcomed at the Stuttgart office during Projectday – perfect timing to get to know each other. They hail from India, Honduras, Indonesia, Colombia, and Cameroon and are eager to learn the tricks of the trade and bring their new knowledge back to their home countries.

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