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Water Cube Fuses Energy Efficiency With Bubble Architecture
You want bubbles? You got it! Get ready for this little beauty. Beijing is building an aquatic center for the 2008 Olympic Games...with the outside facade being a little bubbly. This is pretty crazy! Designed by PTW Architects in Australia, it was the engineers who took off with the idea of bubbles and made it a reality. By using computer programs and complex algorithms, they figured out how to apply the idea of a bubble looking surface to an actual building. Once they figured out how the steel frames and connectors were to be used in forming the bubble structure, two layers of plastic film called ETFE (Ethylene TetraFluoroEthylene) were used to fill in the spaces between the steel frames. ETFE is very thin and very durable. Air was inserted between the two layers of plastic, which inflate and create the pillow look. Both the interior and exterior of the walls and roof have the ETFE cladding, which basically creates a greenhouse out of the Water Cube. If the building needs to be warmed, warm air from the walls is circulated into the building. If the building needs to be cooled (which can happen during swim meets...if you have ever been inside during one, it gets really stuffy), air is pulled up from the ground level and pushed through the roof. The cool thing about the ETFE cladding is that it allows more light and heat penetration than glass, translating into a 30% decrease in energy costs! The structure itself is based on unique, lightweight construction, which makes it eco- and earthquake-friendly. Unique, innovative, creative, different and green. Kudos to Tim McKeough over at Wired who broke the story. ++Wired Report [website]
com/blog/2007/07/the-water-cube-.html Taiwan Breaks Ground on a Trio of Green-Roofed Skyscrapers by Mike Chino.typepad.http://equitygreen. 03/02/09 .
Designed by Los Angeles-based NBBJ Architects in collaboration with Fei & Cheng Associates.Taiwan recently broke ground on a trio of interconnected energy-efficient skyscrapers topped with lush rooftop gardens. the Chinatrust Bank Headquarters will take advantage of a host of green building strategies geared towards reducing energy consumption and optimizing passive heating and cooling. The complex is expected to receive the Taiwanese equivalent of a LEED Gold rating upon its completion in 2012. .
NBBJ Architects paid careful attention to the project’s site and climate to optimize each building’s passive heating and cooling properties. + NBBJ Architects . and an open-air central plaza will unite all of the spaces into one cohesive unit. A community-centered retail base will occupy the lower 4 levels. the 2. and mitigate the urban heat island effect. and a 10 story hotel.Inspired by principles of informal connections and communication. The top of each skyscraper will feature a rooftop garden that helps to insulate the interiors. a 21 story office.5 million square-foot Chinatrust complex comprises three high-rises: a 30-story headquarter building. reduce rainwater runoff. The towers feature vertical atriums and cutting-edge facades that are optimized to channel daylight throughout the interior spaces.
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The architecture was chosen from among 40 entries. The building has been christened “Five Elements” due to the five wings the building is composed of. each of which could be built before 2012. The competition to design a sustainable office for Norwegian Oil Company StatoilHydro has been won by Oslo-based A-Lab architects for a star-shaped complex. which is high on sustainability and style.Eco Factor: Sustainable energy-efficient architecture for StatoilHydro. .
.These wings will be joined together to form a star-shaped building. To green the area around the architecture. a park and a garden will also be built around the main complex. The designers claim that energy consumption of this building will be low and district heating and district cooling systems will be used.
.The Dark Side: The building relies on conventional sources for energy and for now the designers don’t have any plans to incorporation renewable energy generating systems. which would have been an inspiration for other designers.
contributing to clean air. the Garden Stadium performs as an environmentally responsible design and creates a unique iconic image for the site and for the city of Dalian. This concept was developed as a response to recent stadia design trends. This stadium has the capacity to ultimately become a global icon for sustainable design by reducing energy consumption. NBBJ’s Garden Stadium has only what is needed to thrive. and those functions are clearly organized and expressed. which focus on powerful exterior designs. . improving energy efficiency. and developing a sustainable community. The proposed design for the Garden Stadium transforms this traditional approach by dramatically opening the seating bowl to the city of Dalian.Designed to emulate a garden. Utilizing these sustainable concepts as core design principals. but have not yet improved upon the interior bowl experience.