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The unique 300 m2 power engineering laboratory building realized in Hungary at the campus of the University of Debrecen explores and demonstrates the architectural and building power engineering connections of the climate change.
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.
The mobile frontal walls of the steel cube consisting of 15×15 m regular square elements hide a building embedded in a perfect sheath of power engineering built according to the ’house in a house’ principle. 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. The mobile steel frontal providing for shading can be moved as desired by the time of day. 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.



  • Debrecen
  • Hungary
Completion: 2013
Used materials
  • Concrete

Type of Building

Architect Office