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Dazzling Circa Art Gallery in South Africa is Wrapped in an Ellipse of Bark-Hued Fins

Posted By Tafline Laylin On October 21, 2011 @ 6:02 pm In Architecture,carousel showcase,Gallery | No Comments

StudioMAS, StudioMAS Architects, Rosebank, South Africa, Circa, Circa on Jellicoe, green design, sustainable design, eco-design, passive design, natural cooling, natural ventilation, LED, wetland water purification, wetland, manmade aquifer [1]

StudioMAS has taken huge strides to reduce the building’s carbon and energy footprint [2] by relying mostly on passive design to keep the building cool and warm. In certain rooms, where passive design was insufficient, they incorporated evaporative coolers and natural gas-powered heating. The water geysers are also heated in this way, and LEDs [3] have been used to ensure energy-efficient lighting [4]. Otherwise, thanks to the extraordinary facade, the building is naturally lit and ventilated.

Outside, the landscaping reflects and caters to the need for an urban gathering space [5], and rainwater is able to permeate the soil to reduce unnecessary runoff. StudioMAS also created a manmade aquifer that collects water the way that nature intended it, and the pond has been planted with wetland species [6] that naturally purify the water. Although we have featured other StudioMAS projects [7] in the past, this is the first built project we’ve shared, and we absolutely can’t wait to see what else they will pull out of their creative hats in the future!

+ StudioMAS Architects and Urban Designers [8]

+ Circa on Jellicoe [9]

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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2011/10/Circa-on-Jellicoe-studioMAS-NO.2.jpg

[2] carbon and energy footprint: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carbon_footprint

[3] LEDs: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LED

[4] energy-efficient lighting: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Efficient_energy_use

[5] urban gathering space: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Urban_design

[6] wetland species: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wetland

[7] other StudioMAS projects: http://inhabitat.com/studiomas-sustainable-village/

[8] + StudioMAS Architects and Urban Designers: http://www.studiomas.co.za/

[9] + Circa on Jellicoe: http://www.circaonjellicoe.co.za/?m=1

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