Triptyque gives a 1970s office building an eco-friendly makeover in Brazil

October 10, 2016 by  
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Located within the heart of Rio de Janeiro’s business and economic district, the 85-meter-tall RB12 sports a new bioclimatic facade with zigzagging glazed panels and louvers that reduce solar heat gain but allow desired natural light in. Natural ventilation flows throughout the building. Plant-filled balconies punctuate the sculptural facade and aid in natural cooling. The landscaping is irrigated with harvested rainwater, which is also used to flush the toilets. Related: Bioclimatic Rio Branco 12 Tower to Set New Standards for Green Offices in Brazil “RB12 embodies an innovative new concept of sustainable development based on energy production, thus following the global trend of green-refurbishment, which consists in adapting and upgrading old buildings in order to align them with sustainable development criteria,” say the architects. “Among the environmental requirements that RB12 comprises are: thermal comfort, managing water consumption, optimizing natural light system, clean energy production through solar panels and fuel cells .” RB12 was redeveloped as part of Porto Maravilha, an area undergoing urban revitalization to improve living conditions in downtown Rio de Janeiro. + Triptyque Via ArchDaily Images via Triptyque

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Dynamic solar-shading screen wraps around a garden-filled home

July 5, 2016 by  
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Located on a highly visible corner site at the junction of two roads, the Kyeong Dok Jai house draws the eye with its beautiful asymmetric screen that wraps around the building like a white veil. The architects call the front facade an “eco-screen” that’s made of white aluminum pipes and helps mitigate solar heat gain and provides a noise buffer , privacy, and security. The pipe-screen’s curvaceous shape was inspired by Korean-style “cheoma” eaves, while the perforated concrete fence is a nod to the traditional stone fence. Related: Stunning South Korean Courtyard Home Balances Tradition With Modern Design The home interior is split into four levels and a roof, all of which are organized along the south axis and divided into three wedge-shaped spaces. “All the program of spaces of this house were laid out as the touring course that has dramatic interest of “strolling” through the inside and outside of this house, visually and spatially,” write the architects. Garden space and greenery are woven throughout the home and bathed in natural light . Residents also have access to a garden on the roof. + IROJE KHM Via ArchDaily Images via IROJE KHM , by Jong Oh Kim

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Curvaceous Corten steel office building beats the heat with solar-savvy design

June 30, 2016 by  
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The 4,905-square-foot office building is set on a small corner site abutting a road junction in full view to pedestrians and motorists. To mitigate the harsh solar rays from the south, the architects created a horseshoe-shaped building pointed towards the north that wraps around a cooling, north-facing pool. On the south side of the building, the architects left a void for a small grass courtyard shaded by the building. The Corten steel external walls extend far beyond the building’s internal volumes to serve as solar-shading fins. Related: The Courtyard House Battles Extreme Heat With Passive Strategies In India The office interior is accessed via an entrance on the northwest corner and is organized around a two-meter-wide passage runs the length of the outdoor pool. The various office spaces branch out from the passageway. Large north-facing glazing and other glazed incisions illuminate the workspaces with natural light and frame views of the cityscape and the oasis-like pool, but are shielded from harsh solar by the extended Corten steel walls. “The design creates an energy efficient building in response to the climate of the location and a distinct identity,” write the architects. + Sanjay Puri Architects Via ArchDaily Images via Sanjay Puri Architects , by Vinesh Gandhi

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Net-zero Spring Ranch boasts enviable views of California’s Central Valley

March 17, 2016 by  
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Light-filled Shenzhen Art Museum and Library protects against solar heat gain

December 28, 2015 by  
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This incredible giant ‘Couch’ building cleverly doubles as both bleachers and a clubhouse

October 14, 2015 by  
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Eco-conscious Neeson Cripps Academy will empower Cambodia’s impoverished youth

August 7, 2015 by  
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Aluminum-clad Bridge House is a multi-generational home optimized for solar gain

June 11, 2015 by  
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Berlin artist uses found objects to make quirky mash-ups of everyday items

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Energy-positive portable classroom produces four times more energy than it needs

April 9, 2015 by  
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