The famed Norwegian architecture studio Snohetta, together with collaborators R8 Property, Skanska and Asplan Viak, has just completed the fourth energy positive building in its Powerhouse portfolio, Powerhouse Telemark. Located in the city of Porsgrunn of the Vestfold and Telemark region, the structure is not only an investment in the country’s growing green economy, but also much needed workspace for the historically industrial city’s economy. The building spans eleven floors and includes traditional office space and co-working areas, as well as a bar, meeting rooms and restaurant and staff canteen.
The irregular, geometric shape of the building features solar panels on its roof. Natural shading is promoted and added insulation ensures heat is retained where possible. Heat is stored in the building elements, to be released slowly, while a geothermal well supports heating and cooling. As a result it was awarded a BREEAM Excellent certification.