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Solar design never looked so cool: 7 modern projects

May 9, 2013, 4:41 p.m.
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There's a lot more to solar architecture than just strapping a bunch of solar panels to the outside of a building. Green architects with an eye for solar also need to think of things like how to maximize exposure to the sun, how best to design a structure that comfortably distributes heat, and how to do it all without sacrificing any of the aesthetics that are so important to design.

With many of the world's most spectacular structures in development utilizing solar energy in some way, here's just a small sampling of the wonders of modern solar architecture. (Text: Bryan Nelson)