Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Write up for Architecture Project

Project Name: Down to Earth

Intended use: Down to Earth is intended to be an eco-friendly shopping mall which would be an architectural statement in terms of the exterior and interior design as well as efficient in terms of the electricity and water use and customer satisfaction. Light pollution at night is reduced while at the same time allowing natural light to enter the building during the day. The walls and floor of the inside of the buildings are intended to be made mostly of recycled materials. The ceiling would be made of "intelligent" concrete which stores the heat during the day and releases it at night. There is also a system of vents which allows the released hot air to be released out of the building, which reduces the amount of energy needed to cool the inside of the building

Concept behind the design: Hexagons which can easily be found in nature as well as serves as a good and strong building block. Hexagons will line the exterior of both the 2 generally round blocks of the shopping centre. On the roof, the hexagons are glass which allow light to pass through during the day but allow little light to escape the building, reducing light pollution at night. The hexagons on the side of the building also serve as windows in for the shops.