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.
Shanghai 2012 in China by Lee Martin
July 14th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Lee Martin
This was an international design competition that me and my partner(Justin Strosnider) participated in during the fall of 2011 and spring of 2012. we are both 18 years of age and pursuing a career in architecture.The design work took a total of six months and was the most extensive and challenging design we had ever done. The main goal of the design was sustainability. The building is a mixed use building that offeres retail, office, as well as residential space.
The form of the building resembles that of an Egyptian pyramid. The reason for this shape is because even though they may not look sustainable the Egyptian pyramids are highly sustainable. They were only built out of earthly materials, but yet stood the test of time. The structure is covered with ivy that acts as an insulator from the heat. IT also has big balconies on every other floor that are used as green space for the residents. The floors that have balconies have curtain walls along them to allow in natural light and floors without balconies have huge 6 foot by 6 foot dormers to let in light.
There is a large elliptical parking deck located in the center of the building cut out. The building has this huge void form because we did not want to have interior rooms the didnt have natural light and we didnt feel like skylights were adequate. At the front entrance there is a large waterfall on the facade of the building which pumps water from the Suzhou creek, filters it, runs it on the water fall, and then returns it to the creek, basically acting like a giant filter. We have also connected the building to a business park across the Suzhou Creek with a walk and bike bridge which virtually eliminates the need for motorized vehicles. The building also has community laundromats which reduces the amount of water used because residents are forced to use energy effect machines as well as eliminates leaks throughout the building from improperly tightened pipe connections in each room.
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