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Brief Published: 19 Apr 2012

Panasonic’s Photosynthesis, Milan


As part of Milan Design Week 2012, Japanese architect Akihisa Hirata has collaborated with Japanese electronics company Panasonic to create a solar-powered installation called Photosynthesis.

Currently in-situ at the Interni Pavilions at the Universita Degli Studi di Milano in Italy, Hirata and Panasonic conceived the project as an “artificial miniature energy system”, and a conceptual prototype for solar-powered architecture. Inspired by the configuration of a tree, the structure is built from existing Panasonic products and prototypes, with solar panels as leaves, balloon lamps and light bulbs as blossom, and batteries as fruit.

The idea is that Photosynthesis works much in the same way as a natural ecosystem, with the solar panels transforming sunlight into energy, batteries stong it, and light bulbs utilising it.

Look out for Stylus’ full Events coverage from Milan Design Week 2012 in early May.


Akihisa Hirata