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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,Sustainable Building | No Comments

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Lørenveien 68 is proposed for an inclined piece of earth out of respect for the existing landscape [9] 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 [10] throughout the building’s numerous levels.

Although the building is mainly composed of office [11] 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 [12], providing natural light and breathtaking views at all hours of the day. Some areas include terraces [13] and gardens for relaxation and others contain cafeterias [14]and gyms for recreation. The social zones all connect to a central atrium [15]inside the building’s core, which serves as the social center for meetings [16], parties, and leisure activities.

A-Lab is also using the cube as their first experiment with eco-BIM technology [17]. The relatively new and underused design program helped the firm create a double-layered [18] exterior that capitalizes on a natural heating and cooling system. The space between the facade the inner layer creates a chimney effect [19] where natural fresh air is ventilated into offices while saving incredible amounts of energy. Because of this, the building’s insulation [20] allows for even more energy-saving thermal mass [21].

Økern’s combination of commercial office space [22] with leisurely additions and innovative design gives it the potential to become yet another stunning and innovative architectural hub in Oslo.

+ A-Lab [5]

Via arch daily [23]


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

[3] Oslo : http://inhabitat.com/oslos-modern-trio-of-crystal-clear-towers-in-the-sky/

[4] transformation: http://inhabitat.com/new-oslo-central-train-stations-features-massive-rooftop-park/

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

[6] mixed-use: http://inhabitat.com/one-ortakoy-a-sustainable-mixed-use-complex-in-istanbul/

[7] office: http://inhabitat.com/a-m-a-headquarters-in-madrid-is-a-big-steely-building-with-a-tiny-footprint/

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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