Panasonic opened the doors to its sustainable energy installation based on the concept of “Photosynthesis”
At the Milan Design week, Panasonic presented an installation utilizing a variety of its green technologies to represent an energy cycle, comparing it to an ecological cycle that starts with photosynthesis, with each part of the system symbolizing a part of a tree.
This photosynthesizing “tree” uses a new 3D arrangement of photovoltaic cells floated on clear polycarbonate “leaves”. The shiny plastic surfaces randomly reflect the plants, lights and arched facades of the courtyard, mixing the natural with the artificial; and historic with the contemporary.
The concept of ‘photosynthesis’ was inspired by the relationship of leaves to fruit and flowers within a single tree. The installation is comprised of a variety of Panasonic’s environmental technologies for energy creation, storage, saving and management. The installation is designed by noted young architect, Akihisa Hirata.