Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
Tower House in Treviso, Italy by Alter Studio Architetti Associati
March 27th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal
“Tower House”: a competition for sustainable refurbishment, Treviso, Italy, 2nd place, Alter Studio Architetti Associati.
Tower House is a twenty storey Housing complex built in the 60ies in Treviso. The structure and the façades, all in concrete, are actually in very bad conditions as it is frequent for this kind of buildings in Italy. For this reason it is losing the role of “landmark” in the historical landscape of town. Beside its aesthetical situation, this residence performs very negatively in terms of energy consumption.
A private developer organized an ideas competition to completely re-design the exterior in an ecological key. This is very unusual in Italy. The project generates 3 attached towers from one: each one differently designed, each one with its own energetic strategy on the base of diverse orientation and type of landscape. A vertical solar chimney take the entire south façade, a vertical green wall responds to a park on north side, and a plaster ventilated screen dialogues with the built context.
A vertical photovoltaic plant and a solar roof give to the house a power of 60+15kwp. The active solar system plants together with the bioclimatic devices brings down to zero Co2 emissions. These sustainable strategies gives to the building a new appearance to became a renewed “landmark” in Treviso context. This project wants to be an example and a stimuli to implement eco-strategies in numerous situation like this on Italian territory.
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