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.
Nicolas San Juan in Mexico City by Taller 13 Arquitectura Regenerativa
January 25th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Taller 13 Arquitectura Regenerativa
Social and ethical responsibility
Our responsibility goes beyond offering just a living space. We give examples of certain elements like water and how it can be captured, treated and reused. Our building offers less consumption of energy through passive ventilation and naturally illuminated spaces. We created a habitat for migrating species, offered spaces for growing your own food. We are enhancing life quality and education on an urban context through our proposal just by a deep understanding of it’s social and ecological history.
Resource efficiency and environmental impact
Designing with an integrated design process from the beginning helped us break this paradigm of getting local and natural resources by using our “waste as a resource”. For example, we designed a bamboo shading device on the roof garden, also we used strawbale in our interior walls which is normally burnt each harvest season causing more Co2 emissions. We reduced our steel and concrete consumption by 20% because of the design efficiency of the facade which reduced our energy consumption.
Economic lifecycle performance
It was important from the beginning to align goals of each different stakeholders and maintain the general scope of the project so at the end of the process we could accomplish the aim of the investors. This was possible because every person that needed to take a decision participated in every “charrette” that was organized. Every cost and benefit was discussed and evaluated from the planning phase to the completion of the building.
Contextual performance and impact
Occupying the empty space in the neighborhood resulted as a positive impact. the lot was a void in the neighborhood. We provided infrastructure like sidewalks and ramps for accessibility on both sides of the corner, placed different lighting elements to give a better view of the corner, the design integrated the actual trees placed all around the site and kinda made reference to them. Placed bike parking inside the building to promote alternative ways of mobility.
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