Architect Claudio Vilarinho has designed a unique facade for a building on Minho University's Azurem Campus. The Institute of Science and Innovation for Bio-Sustainability building is devoted to studying and developing environmentally friendly technologies, and its facade takes that purpose as its inspiration.
Claudio Vilarinho's facade design comprises a series of oblong perforations that extend out from the pale green cement. These shapes are similar to the shapes of molecules used in efficient solar panels. These titanium nanotubes, as the technology is called, are believed to be more efficient than standard silicon solar cells.
Beyond the environmental inspiration, the facade offers a practical purpose. The perforations provide people walking through the halls and along the balconies with a view of the trees that surround the northern Portuguese campus.