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Contemporary Architecture – III

Liechtenstein post will issue a set of postage stamps featuring the Contemporary Architecture – “natural-gas filling station” in Vaduz and the transformer station of the Liechtenstein Electric Power Authority.

The natural-gas filling station, which is popularly dubbed the “spaceship”, arose from the government’s decision to put its faith in buses fueled by natural gas. Generating the pressure needed for fueling these natural-gas buses requires a compressor station and filling station, the geometry of which must allow for the buses’ turning circle. So it was that in the middle of the Vaduz business district an extraordinary-looking structure came into being whose special aesthetic properties are particularly evident at night.

The transformer station of the Liechtenstein Electric Power Authority, created by the architect Marcel Ferrier of St. Gallen, consists of a cylinder over whose outer shell there is a 72 m² large shield of dark photovoltaic panels, which follows the course of the sun on rails and in optimum solar exposure generates up to 4.3 kWh of electricity. Another distinctive feature of the building are its arched twelve-meter-wide and five meter high sliding doors.

Title: Contemporary Architecture – III
Date of Issue: 1 March 2010
Country: Liechtenstein
Denominations: CHF 2.60, CHF 3.60

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