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De Volharding with vintage BIPV is nominated for the pv magazine Award 2023

Dutch company Kameleon Solar has manufactured customized modules as part of the restoration of buildings classed as national monuments at the ARTIS zoo and botanical gardens, in Amsterdam. The building, De Volharding says, is a former rice warehouse dating back to 1866 and, in 2022 was restored to its 1922 design by architect Ouëndag, as part of the zoo’s plan to reach net zero by 2030.

Kameleon Solar researched the building’s color, design, and history in order to supply 156 modules in a color and size exactly matching the original zinc roof and taking into account the structure’s natural degradation over time. The 20 kW Solar installation takes up an area of 160 m².

The restoration was carried out in collaboration with the municipality of Amsterdam’s Monuments and Archaeology department and the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands. It was funded by government grants and private contributions.

Read the full article on pv magazine (p.82), and take a look at our portfolio for more information on the ARTIS project!

Photography by © ARTIS/ Arjen Veldt.

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