Far Eastern Economic Review Innovation Awards 2003
Submission by :
T.R. Hamzah & Yeang Sdn Bhd. (Architect),
Dr. Garcia Hansen, Dr. Ian Edwards (Associate Professor) (Schools of Designand Built Environment and Physical Science, Queensland University of Technology)
Professor Richard Hyde (University of Queensland).
The innovative device is the “light-pipe” as a passive low-energy device for transmitting natural daylight into buildings with deep plans.The light pipe is a device that brings daylight into the inner parts of buildings (c. 12meters) without the use of any electrical or other sources of energy. The extractionand emission of daylight is transmitted horizontally and vertically using internalmirrored surfaced within a box-tube structure (hence the term “pipe”) coupled withlaser-cut panels at the outer edge of the pipe as collectors.
Diagram of light pipe.
2 Rationale for the Design
Buildings with deep-plans have become a common practice as they offer maximumfinancial returns from high urban land prices by achieving maximum plot to grossfloor areas ratios (Yeang, 1999), and more space for tenants’ businesses to be
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