Beautiful Power


If all industrial buildings joined with the landscape as well as the Hydroelectric Power Station Punibach, in South Tyrol, Italy, the world would be a more beautifully integrated space. Inspiring in its respect for the beautiful mountain scenery surrounding it, Monovolume’s 2011 project of concrete and wood slices and swoops into the hillside, elegantly forming the needed structure, without disrupting the natural beauty. Covered by grass on top and wood slats on the front, at night the building glows warmly, indicating its use as a power station.