A team of students from Belgrade University – Faculty of Architecture is among 23 teams from around the world to enter the competition of Solar Decathlon Middle East 2018. After a successful project, they will build their solar pavilion for display at the final meeting in Dubai.
The project named Twist Box was officially presented at the World Green Economy Summit (WGES), held in Dubai in October 2016 after successfully passing qualification phases during two previous years.
The project consists of square-base box design with slightly rotated double skin that represents the duality of the traditional and modern way of living. The structure is a simple, cheap to build, but designed to implement contemporary technologies of ventilation and sun shading that will provide comfort and safety for the occupants.
In the next phase, the teams will build their pavilions based on their projects. Every object will be opened to public and ranked by the international jury for 10 categories.
The project will be built in Belgrade, Serbia, in 2017. A year later it will be transported to Dubai together with other projects that entered the competition, the Faculty of Architecture announced on its website.
The team lists the following members: professors dr. Nataša Ćurković Ignjatović, dr. Ljiljana Đukanović and dr. Dušan Ignjatović, doctoral students Nevena Lukić and Vladimir Bojović, and students Nemanja Brzaković, Tamara Kostić, Marina Mihailović, Ana Marija Golob, Saša Perišić, Iva Babović, Aleksandra Nikolić, Jovana Petković, Jelena Grozdanić, Goran Tomić, Jovana Laketić, David Jeremić, Vladimir Kuntić and Bojan Vasiljević. Members of the team from Belgrade University – School of Electrical Engineering are dr. Željko Đurišić and Dimitrije Kotur.
Solar Decathlon Middle East was established in 2015 with a support from the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon project. It is an international multidisciplinary contest that promotes energy efficiency and bioclimate concept in architectural design. Two Solar Decathlon Middle East competitions are planned to be held in 2018 and 2020.