Cloud Field rethinks what a solar farm can be by considering two parameters: energy production and people’s enjoyment. By raising the photo-voltaic panels, the ground is freed and shading is created for people to enjoy. The clouds are formed by a pattern of irregular hexagons formed by computational design means and manufactured with inflatable ETFE cushions. The geometry of the clouds maximises surface area within a limited footprint while their curvature follows the sun path keeping sun rays normal to the surface. The areas that are more exposed to solar radiation are clad with organic flexible PV cells that can produce up to 90.000Kwh per year while creating different qualities in the shading.
The project was exhibited in the 24th World Energy Congress at the Abu Dhabi Exhibition Centre and featured in a hardcover Prestel art book publication.