Zaha Hadid Architects futuristic KAPSARC named Saudi Arabias smartest building

October 26, 2017 by  
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Despite its name, the King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Centre (KAPSARC) is big on renewable energy, as evidenced by its LEED Platinum certification—the first of Zaha Hadid Architects’ projects to receive the title. Located in the Riyadh Plateau, KAPSARC is a non-profit dedicated to studying energy and their environmental impacts. The crystalline and futuristic campus recently opened to the public for Saudi Design Week 2017; the Honeywell Smart Building Awards program named the project Saudi Arabia’s ‘smartest’ building after its many eco-conscious features. Made up of white hexagonal prismatic honeycomb structures, KAPSARC uses its partially modular system to optimize solar orientation, increase connectivity, and maximize daylighting . The building massing and facade optimization helped the structure achieve a 45% reduction in energy performance (compared to the ASHRAE baseline standards), while the solar array that tops a south-facing roof provides renewable energy with a capacity of 5,000MWh per year. “A research centre is by its very nature a forward-looking institution and KAPSARC’s architecture also looks to the future with a formal composition that can be expanded or adapted without compromising the centre’s visual character,” wrote the architects. Related: Zaha Hadid Architects unveils designs for wave-inspired Melbourne apartment tower The 70,000-square-meter campus comprises five buildings: the Energy Knowledge Centre; the Energy Computer Centre; a Conference Centre with exhibition hall and 300-seat auditorium; a Research Library with archives for 100,000 volumes; and the Musalla, an inspirational place for prayer within the campus. Each building differs in size and is flexible enough to adapt to different uses or changes in requirements. The facade features a strong protective shell to shield the interior from the harsh climate. All KAPSARC’s potable water is recycled and reused onsite while all of its irrigation water is used from non-potable sources. Forty percent of the campus’ construction materials were locally sourced and thirty percent of the materials are made with recycled content. + Zaha Hadid Architects Images by Hufton + Crow

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Daylit eco-friendly home in London is built around a 100-year-old pear tree

November 15, 2016 by  
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The 425-square-meter Pear Tree House is a self-build project for the firm director Jake Edgley’s own family home. To preserve the 100-year-old pear tree—a remnant of the site’s past as a Victorian fruit orchard—the architects split the house into two volumes that frame the tree in an internal courtyard and are linked by a green-roofed glass walkway. The entire structure is elevated on pile foundations to avoid damage to the tree roots. The walls of the home that face the courtyard are glazed to bring natural light , views, and ventilation into the home and allow the street-facing facade to remain mostly closed for privacy. Related: Edgley Design restores a run-down home with stainless steel cladding The interior of the home is also arranged for optimal solar orientation , from the kitchen in the northeast that takes advantage of morning light to the southwest living areas that are bathed in afternoon light. The interior layout features mostly open-plan spaces that can be easily modified if and when the homeowners’ mobility becomes limited. Board-marked concrete walls on the ground floor give the home texture, while timber surfaces such as the bespoke joinery made from oak veneer lend warmth to the restrained interior palette. + Edgley Design Via Dezeen Images via Edgley Design , by Jack Hobhouse

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Beautiful perforated facade shields an office from Indias harsh sun

July 19, 2016 by  
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https://vimeo.com/173213987 The Punjab Kesari Headquarters is currently under construction, however, the International Property Awards has already designated the design as Winner Best Office Architecture India 2016-7. Set on the corner of an intersection, the 18,000-square-meter office space was created with the objective of reducing heat gain and maximizing natural light to the point that no artificial lighting would be needed on the typical day. Its white, glass-reinforced concrete facade, which looks like a veil inspired by traditional Indian decorations, is punctuated by different sized openings informed by solar orientation and digital simulations. The north facade, for instance, has a 81% opacity as compared to the 27% opacity on the south side. Related: Low-cost perforated home in Vietnam shows off the charms of concrete architecture “Sustainability is at the epicentre of the project embedded in form of, optimized natural lighting, cross ventilation and reduction of heat gain ,” write the architects. “The double jali screen reduces the outside air temperature in front of the glass. The colder air is going in and pulled into the atrium through the chimney effect of the atrium space and resulting in natural ventilation and reducing the indoor air temperature naturally so the cooling load for the air conditioning is reduced.” The project is slated for completion by January 2017. + Studio Symbiosis Images via Studio Symbiosis

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Green-Roofed Hydro-Nuclear Headquarters Emerges From Historic Gyeongju in South Korea

June 25, 2012 by  
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Read the rest of Green-Roofed Hydro-Nuclear Headquarters Emerges From Historic Gyeongju in South Korea Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “solar energy” , “sustainable development” , Architecture , Daylighting , eco design , green design , green roof , Gyeongju , Haeahn Architecture , Korea Hydro Nuclear Power Company , nuclear power , solar orientation , sustainable design

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Foster + Partners To Redesign Fidel Castro’s Abandoned School of Ballet

June 25, 2012 by  
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Foster + Partners has been selected to renovate and redesign Cuba’s School of Ballet , which was originally conceived by Fidel Castro. According to BDonline , the derelict school, which was never completed and has been overtaken by plants for the past fifty years, will soon be home to a new arts complex for Cuban ballet star Carlos Acosta . Even though the jungle has taken over, Foster + Partners hopes to revive the abandoned school into a beautiful new facility. Read the rest of Foster + Partners To Redesign Fidel Castro’s Abandoned School of Ballet Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “sustainable architecture” , arts school , ballet , carlos acosta , cuban , eco design , fidel castro , Foster + Partners , Foster and Partners , green architecture , Green Building , green design , green renovation , national school of ballet , school of ballet , school of the arts , Sustainable Building , sustainable design

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