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A-Lab Proposes Massive Eco-Cube to Enrich Norwegian Office Park

Posted By Molly Cotter On September 29, 2011 @ 8:43 am In Architecture,carousel showcase,Gallery,Green Building | No Comments

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Lørenveien 68 is proposed for an inclined piece of earth out of respect for the existing landscape [2] and surrounding buildings. The slant is incorporated into the interior design through a hidden parking garage and technical facility located underground as well as ramped corridors [3] throughout the building’s numerous levels.

Although the building is mainly composed of office [4] areas, a great deal of space is dedicated to what the architects call “social zones”. Large areas with floor-to-ceiling windows hug each corner of the cube [5], providing natural light and breathtaking views at all hours of the day. Some areas include terraces [6] and gardens for relaxation and others contain cafeterias [7]and gyms for recreation. The social zones all connect to a central atrium [8]inside the building’s core, which serves as the social center for meetings [9], parties, and leisure activities.

A-Lab is also using the cube as their first experiment with eco-BIM technology [10]. The relatively new and underused design program helped the firm create a double-layered [11] exterior that capitalizes on a natural heating and cooling system. The space between the facade the inner layer creates a chimney effect [12] where natural fresh air is ventilated into offices while saving incredible amounts of energy. Because of this, the building’s insulation [13] allows for even more energy-saving thermal mass [14].

Økern’s combination of commercial office space [15] with leisurely additions and innovative design gives it the potential to become yet another stunning and innovative architectural hub in Oslo.

+ A-Lab [16]

Via arch daily [17]

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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/a-lab-proposes-eco-cube-to-enrich-norwegian-office-park/a-lab-eco-cube6/

[2] landscape: http://inhabitat.com/less-is-more-at-norways-juvet-landscape-hotel/

[3] corridors: http://inhabitat.com/nyc/northeast-corridor-receives-450-million-in-federal-funds-to-upgrade-rail-systems/

[4] office: http://inhabitat.com/worlds-largest-solar-energy-office-building-opens-in-china/

[5] cube: http://inhabitat.com/inside-the-m-cube-with-marc-baez/

[6] terraces: http://inhabitat.com/new-green-roofed-school-in-copenhagen-literally-stands-in-the-harbor/

[7] cafeterias : http://inhabitat.com/styrofoam-makes-a-comeback-in-the-united-states-capitol-cafeteria/

[8] atrium : http://inhabitat.com/nyc/snohettas-glittering-atrium-pavilion-caps-off-the-subterranean-911-museum/

[9] meetings: http://inhabitat.com/nyc/mmmms-quirky-meeting-bowls-promote-community-and-chatter-in-times-square/

[10] eco-BIM technology: http://inhabitat.com/building-information-modeling/

[11] double-layered: http://inhabitat.com/biad-ufos-phoenix-international-media-center-swirls-around-the-competition-in-beijing/

[12] chimney effect: http://inhabitat.com/coal-fired-power-plant-turned-eco-dome-in-london/

[13] insulation: http://inhabitat.com/recycled-blue-jean-insulation-by-bonded-logic/

[14] thermal mass: http://inhabitat.com/the-chip-house-wears-its-thermal-mass-on-its-puffy-sleeve/

[15] commercial office space: http://inhabitat.com/ecocenter-san-franciscos-first-off-grid-commercial-building-is-up-and-running/

[16] + A-Lab: http://www.a-lab.no/

[17] arch daily: http://www.archdaily.com/171985/eco-cube-proposal-a-lab/

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