New design for sustainable Enel Primary Substation
Конкурс от компании Enel призван определить лучшую архитектурную концепцию для модульного здания подстанции. Задача – создать «устойчивый» актуальный и универсальный дизайн, способный интегрироваться в контекст и в целом изменить представление о взаимоотношениях между подстанциями и городской средой.
The purpose of this challenge is the creation of new sustainable architectural concepts dedicated to primary substations. The primary goal of the challenge is the creation of a sustainable architectonic modular system that allows a high degree of versatility and replicability, a necessary requirement to adapt the buildings and architectural elements to the different contexts of use present in the territory. This system must be able to house all the required electrical equipments of the Primary Substations and at the same time shall improve the visual, functional and spatial impact of these installations and their surrounding areas.
Researching architectural concepts in relation with the natural and anthropized contexts where they are inserted means aiming to combine innovative formal research, technological skills and performance of components and materials with the lowest possible ecological footprint.
The desired result does not relate to a mere mimesis with the local landscape, rather, to the ability to integrate electricity assets with the natural and social environment, promoting a process of open dialogue that is capable of accompanying the energy transition.
With the redesign of the primary substations, parts of the sites occupied by the actual buildings, electrical infrastructure or local generation, will be released for new uses, and opened to the local communities as public spaces, green areas, playgrounds, charging stations etc.
In conclusion, the interventions - also of an innovative nature - must be inspired by key concepts, such as: industrial architectural innovation; eco-sustainable and socio-cultural development, environment-territory integration, business-territory relationship; corporate identity and image; communication of corporate values.
The proposed strategy of intervention must be innovative and focused on the key concept that is leading this transition of Enel towards a sustainable business model: the Grid Futurability.
In Enel's Grid Futurability® vision grids are at the center of an urban ecosystem and will have to became more and more inclusive and participatory platforms, fostering the engagement and interaction of all stakeholders, as well as unlocking new opportunities in terms of innovative business models, services and shared value. Furthermore, grids must truly be sustainable, adopting a circular-economy approach implies introducing as many sustainable and recyclable raw materials as possible to maximize their economic value and reduce their environmental impact, as well as CO2 emissions from assets.
The jury that will evaluate the proposal will include representatives of Enel Grids and a number of high-level personalities from universities, institutions and the design and architecture field.