This innovative photovoltaic skylight, measuring 2,500 m2 (26,909 sqft), was installed by way of a second skin at the new headquarters of the Novartis Pharmaceutical Company in New Jersey, USA.


The skylight is comprised of 820 modules of photovoltaic glass measuring 1,511 x 1,931 mm (4.96 x 6.33 ft) , with a power capacity of 340 Wp. It was manufactures with perforated crystalline cells, which enable the passage of daylight. The design of the skylight enables the modules to be opened and closed, making the skylight totally operable.

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Energy cost

Reduction in HVAC energy demands

Internal Rate of Return

<1 year 





  • superficieTotal Area - 2,576 M2
  • electricidad generadaElectricity generated in 35 years - 7,930,650 kWh
  • puntos de luzTotal lighting points operating 4 hours per day in 35 years - 15,582 lighting points
  • emisiones CO2 evitadasCO2 emmisions avoided in 35 years - 5,314 Tons of CO2
  • barriles petroleo ahorradosBarrels of oil saved in 35 years - 4,667 barrels



The incorporation of this innovative technology enables the building to generate over 273,000 kWh per year, equivalent to lighting over 600 homes yearly, and entailing a reduction of nearly 185 tons of CO2 released into the atmosphere, and avoiding the consumption of 165 barrels of oil per year.


novartis logoNovartis,  with over 120,000 employees, is a worldwide referent due to its sustainable practices and occupies the leading position among pharmaceutical companies in the Dow Jones European and World Sustainability Indices.

The New Jersey campus promotes research, and is doubtless one of the greatest referents on an architectural level due to the efficiency of its buildings.



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Awards & Recognitions:

  • Winner: BEST PROJECT OF THE NEW YORK REGION AWARD – ENR (Engineering News-Record) Magazine Awards 2014.


Novartis ENR Award















The influential magazine Engineering News Record (ENR) has once again awarded the U.S. company Turner Constructions first place in the ranking of American general contractors due to its sales volume within the country.


In addition to the excellence of its work, Turner stands out due to its commitment to safety, having received the award for excellence in this field.


Building awarded the title of Best Sustainable Project in New York in 2014 by the most significant construction magazine worldwide, Engineering NewsRecord (ENR), of the McGraw Hill and Standard & Poor’s group.


RAFAEL-VINOLYRafael Viñoly designed a project which stands out due to its sustainable, energy-efficient, innovative practices. His commitment to photovoltaic integration in buildings, and the inclusion of the largest photovoltaic skylight in the world in his design, make him the undisputed leader in his sector. Rafael Viñoly is one of the architects who are most committed to sustainability and innovation in the international sphere. In 2013 he was awarded the Prize for Excellence in Civil Architecture by the American Society of Architects. Among his most emblematic projects, the Tokyo International Forum and Carrasco International Airport in Uruguay, which aims to become the first self-sufficient airport in the world, are of note.


teodosio del cano onyx solar“The technical competence displayed by our team when faced by a highly complex project was decisive for the awarding of this contract.”

Teodosio del Caño, CTO at Onyx Solar®.


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