It’s not every day that we cover a hydroelectric power station, but when a power plant like this is given such an artful approach to its design, we’re thrilled to feature it. The new Hydroelectric Power Station by Becker Architecture is a functionally brilliant work of sculptural architecture, a design that produces power without placing a drain on the visual environment around it. The smooth contours of this concrete design reflect the natural movements of the water in which it operates, presenting a sense of natural balance to its viewer.
The new hydroelectric power station replaces a 1950s model in Kempton, Germany. The system augments the flow of the river below it to generate enough power to feed 3,000 homes with a total 10.5 million kilowatt–hours of electricity. Roughly half of the population of Kempton is fed by this new power plant, giving those residents the right to boast a sustainably-sourced lifestyle.
The sculptural nature of Becker Architecture’s design has a greater value than the functional process alone. Its striking nature makes an impression on those who see it, communicating the value of hydroelectric power by its sheer existence. Sustainable, beautiful– a perfect fit for TheCoolist. [via yatzer, photography by Brigida González]