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.
Eco CUBE in Oslo, Norway by A-lab
October 8th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: A-lab
ECO-CUBE, LÃ˜RENVEIEN 68, Oslo, Design proposal, Ecological architecture at Ã˜kern, Oslo, Norway.
A-lab is working on a design proposal for an eco-cube for the UNION group. The cube will be a pilot project for A-lab’s eco-BIM technology.
The Ã˜kern area faces significant changes in the near future and is being developed as a new destination in Oslo. The new Ã˜kern center brings shopping, culture and housing to the area. LÃ¸renveien 68 will function as a broker between the new Ã˜kern center and Larne’s established residential area.
The different height level of the site is used to generate a tilted surface. The Cube is set into this surface, and the volume under it is used for parking and technical functions. The surface is distorted by different entrances and skylights. The office volume is responsive to the varying character of the surroundings, creating social zones where there are good sunlight conditions or spectacular views over the city centre.
The social zones are programmed with a meeting center, cafeteria, and terrace for relaxation, recreation, and sports. The social zones punctuate an atrium that penetrates the entire office building. Here arises a social venue for employees.
The building breathes through the green buffer zones located between the facade and atrium. These green zones unite the building’s social zones with the building’s environmental principles compact building, natural ventilation, double facade and thermal mass.
Category: Mixed use