"The current renaissance of the mashrabiya culminates in a large-scale responsive screen system in Abu Dhabi with the Al Bahr Towers by Aedas. The solar-responsive dynamic screen decreases the towers’ solar gain. According to Aedes, the lightly tinted glass reduces the incoming daylight at all times and not only for temperature-critical situations. The system even includes about 2.000 umbrella-like modules per tower driven by photovoltaic panels."
"With a green spin on form follows function, the recently completed Blauhaus (Blue House) in Mönchengladbach, Germany, embeds energy-generating solar panels within the facade. The sleek, reflective exterior of this mixed-use educational facility, a tesselating set of blue glass and solar panels, adds a functional flourish to the building’s progressive profile. Designed by Kadawittfeldarchitektur, the structure is a joint project between Niederrheim University and the local utility company NEW, and gives both institutions a cutting-edge space for collaboration and learning."
More info and photos over at Curbed