A project designed into two main zones, connected by a park.
The project focused on having sustainability as a priority using solar thermal system , achieving energy efficiency ,rainwater harvesting and using environmental friendly materials.
Year : 2010
The stepped massing of each building creates stepped terraces and offers the apartments the chance to shade each other and to shade their courtyard, the stepped massing prevents the heat loss of the solar thermal system.
The stepping supports the solar system to heat the closest apartments attached to it.
Western and eastern windows are treated with vertical windows to avoid heat input from a low-angle sun.
Trombe michel wall is introduced. It incorporates vent opening near the floor and neat the ceiling. As the heated air rises, it would enter the room through the top vent, drawing in cooler air from the room neat the floor level.
The apartments on the upper steets are elevated on columns so that they do not obstruct the air moving into the courtyard. The structure of the Bamboo acts as a grill that can aloow air to penetrate through it.
Concrete (local cement / local aggregates / local reinforcement), Ceramic tiles, Painting (pure acrylic) and aluminium doors and frames (double glazing ) was used in the project.
Collestra facades are used in the western and eastern staircase elevations to reduce the heat of the low angle sun.
The site was designed to create continuous pedestrian spine through the connected courtyards. Each residential unit is mirrored identifying as courtyard which creates an introverted experience giving the neighbors the chance to meet and interact.
southern facing windows are treated with overhangs to prevent the solar heating in summer.
Each apartment has it's own hot water system. Thermosiphon system with boiler is used for hot water supply. Solar panels are placed to face south on the building stepping roof.