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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
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.

Umwelt Arena in Spreitenbach, Switzerland by Rene Schmid Architekten

 
November 8th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Rene Schmid Architekten

Building 

Aesthetics and ecology converge in the architecture of the Umwelt Arena. A striking architectural feature of the Umwelt Arena is the crystalline roof structure with the photovoltaic system integrated into the building. This is intentional design. The large hall (arena) forms the centrepiece and conveys an open and inviting atmosphere. Solar heat is used to cool the Umwelt Arena in summer and heat it in winter. This is done by means of a distribution network (TABS) in the concrete floors and an earth tube system beneath the base plate of the bottom parking level. Cold water circulates through the network of pipes in summer, hot water in winter.

Image Courtesy © Michael Egloff

  • Architects: Rene Schmid Architekten
  • Project: Umwelt Arena
  • Location: Spreitenbach, Switzerland
  • Photography: Michael Egloff, Bruno Helbling, A Pix Alex Buschor Photography
  • Design Team: René Schmid, Gøran Keuchel
  • Initiator: Walter Schmid, swiss energy pioneer
  • Client: Umwelt Arena AG Spreitenbach
  • Build Area: ca. 11’000 m2 usable area
  • Construction Materials:
    Roof – wood construction
    Floors/walls – concrete no cladding of any energy and building technology
  • Building Costs: ca. 44 mio. CHF
  • Completion: August 2012

Image Courtesy A Pix Alex Buschor Photography

The circulating water uses the difference in temperature in the earth collector and the large stor- age tanks to deposit excess heat or cold from the building interior in the storage media according to the season or requirements. Any excess heat or cold that cannot be accommodated by the water tanks is stored in the earth collector.

Image Courtesy A Pix Alex Buschor Photography

The equipment used in this innovative heating and ventilation system runs on solar power and ultimately makes it possible to run a building with carbon-neutral services.The roof-integrated photovoltaic system produces more (CO2-free) electricity than is needed to run the building.

Image Courtesy Bruno Helbling

Exhibitions

Umwelt Arena helps visitors to experience and understand sustainability and environmental technology. Visitors will find information and products on the theme of “modern life” under one roof. Experts and lay people alike can become acquainted with the subject over an area of 5,400 m2 and compare technolo- gies, products and services on the spot – in a clear and practical way.

Image Courtesy Bruno Helbling

A unique setting for seminars, trade shows, conventions, events and banquets. Various multipurpose rooms are available for occasions ranging from small meetings to large-scale events. The project was recently honored with the “2012 Norman Foster Solar Award”.

Image Courtesy Bruno Helbling

Image Courtesy Bruno Helbling

Image Courtesy Bruno Helbling

Image Courtesy Bruno Helbling

Image Courtesy Bruno Helbling

Image Courtesy Bruno Helbling

Image Courtesy Bruno Helbling

Image Courtesy Bruno Helbling

Image Courtesy Bruno Helbling

Image Courtesy © Michael Egloff

Design Team : Image Courtesy Rene Schmid Architekten

Image Courtesy Rene Schmid Architekten

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Basement Underground Garage Plan : Image Courtesy Rene Schmid Architekten

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