Whoever said solar power can’t be sexy, would be wrong, very wrong as this Pure Tension Pavilion in Rome shows. Granted, it could have a better name, but lets stick to the form and function. Made by agency SDA for Volvo Italy, the pavilion shows the hybrid V60 harbored under a sweet looking pavilion. It’s job is not just to sit there looking good, the pavilion’s lightweight tensioned membrane is made form an HDPE Mesh skin embedded with photo-voltaic panels that suck in the rays of the sun to charge up the vehicle.
The perimeter rings are made from carbon fiber rods to keep the structure solid and provide support for its flowing design. Of course, in the middle of all that sits the Volvo V60, enjoying its day in the sun with its friend, the pavilion.