Element Hotels has collaborated with Sistine Solar to produce a one-of-a-kind solar canopy for the Element brand. Element Dallas Fort Worth Airport debuted a nature-themed, custom designed charging station that allows guests and locals to relax as they recharge their devices through the power of sunlight.
Sistine has transformed the bland, familiar aesthetic of solar technology. By using techniques from a wide range of disciplines, including mosaic art, solar photovoltaics, and optics, Sistine has developed SolarSkin, a patent-pending technology to create high-efficiency solar panels of any design, pattern or color. The one-of-a-kind solar canopy at Element Dallas Fort Worth Airport is inspired by the Element brand ethos that modern design flows from nature.
"Built for today's eco-conscious traveler, the Element brand has completely changed the face of extended stay with its light-filled atmosphere, eco-minded design and commitment to innovation," said Brian McGuinness, senior vice president of Specialty Select Brands for Starwood. "Our collaboration with Sistine Solar allows us to deliver an efficient custom charging solution that is not only great for the environment, but great for the overall guest experience."
Built as an off-grid installation, the solar canopy charging station, designed in partnership with Brooklyn-based architect, Ajmal Aqtash, will allow guests to sit in the shade, socialize and relax outside of the hotel as they recharge their personal electronic devices by harnessing the power of the sun. Additionally, the canopy has integrated LEDs that allow for nighttime illumination and enjoyment. As the panels absorb sunlight, solar energy converts the light into electricity, which guests can then use to charge their devices.
"Instead of hiding panels where no one will see them, as is often the case, we design our panels to be admired from up-close and from afar,” said Ido Salama, Co-Founder of Sistine Solar. “We marry form and function to produce a one-of-a-kind guest experience – the magic happens the moment a guest plugs in their device, admires the beautiful nature-inspired design, and makes the connection that our sun is providing clean and renewable energy. In this way, we hope people will begin to see sustainability in a new light, accelerating the adoption of clean energy."
Element is the first major hotel brand to mandate that all properties pursue the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification for high-performance buildings. The solar canopy is currently at Element Dallas Fort Worth Airport North with plans to expand globally to Element's nearly 20 hotels around the world.