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Tesla reveals slender solar panels that appear to float on roofs




Tesla became the most valuable car company in America. The day before, the Californian company headed by Elon Musk unveiled a new “streamline” solar panel to continue its foray into the green energy market.

The slender panels are designed to be aesthetically innocuous and attract customers who would otherwise be put off by shingles or a large blue grid. To achieve the look, invisible mounting hardware and front array skirts allow the panels to appear to float upon the roof.

Japanese tech giant Panasonic will manufacture the panels at their “Gigafactory 2″ in Buffalo, New York. As part of a deal with Tesla, Musk’s firm will be the only company allowed to use and sell the panels produced there. Tesla and Panasonic have an already established business partnership after the two worked together to produce batteries for Tesla’s electric cars.

EK magazine, Passaggio coffee| bar| restaurant



EK magazine, Passaggio coffee| bar| restaurant



EK magazine, Passaggio coffee| bar| restaurant



PASSAGGIO COFFEE/BAR/RESTAURANT



Thank you AECCafe (California) for the publication.

For the Passaggio project our firm had to design a cocktail restaurant, which would be completely different from what we usually encounter. The clients requested a truly innovative and out of the box design, that would bring together elements of nature whilst achieving perfect harmony between the natural elements and the crowded metropolis.

Based on that mandate, we chose to decorate the rear wall of the bar with geometrical shapes, which included plants and recessed lighting. For the back yard, we chose an open garden structure, inclusive of broad array of natural elements. The end result is an ambient atmosphere, within the city, where one can relax and enjoy the delicious food and amazing cocktails.

Our mandate also included a request for a more private area, which we created through the use of an elevated floor with bespoke glass tables. For styling purposes, we included a customized vintage Mini Cooper vehicle as a decorative element. The private area also features a sky roof inclusive of natural elements, to complement the rest of the design features, as well as to provide natural light. 

PASSAGGIO COFFEE/BAR/RESTAURANT



PASSAGGIO COFFEE/BAR/RESTAURANT



PASSAGGIO COFFEE/BAR/RESTAURANT