The Punibach Hydroelectric Power Station

The Punibach hydroelectric power station, located in Mals, Italy was completed in 2011 and designed by Monovolume Architecture + Design.  It is conceived as a fracture in the landscape.  Harmonically integrated in its surroundings, it suddenly brakes it open and reveals the machines in its interiors, which serve to transform natural powers into useful energy.

Made of reinforced concrete, the concrete slab rammed into the ground separates the smooth hilly landscape and the raw building structure made out of natural, earth colored materials.  By night the appearance changes radically.  Whilst the landscape disappears in the darkness, the power station glows through the lamellar facade and presents itself as a landmark to the viewers over the road.