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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
Sometimes architects try to shut nature out of their building projects, but StudioMAS from South Africa has taken a different approach with this dazzling Circa on Jellicoe art gallery in an upscale suburb of Johannesburg. Not only does nature play a lead role in the design concept, but she is even encouraged to eventually take over. This philosophy is evident throughout the multimedia art gallery - from the bark-colored aluminum fin facade, which also allows the building to breathe, to the planted ivy scrims.
StudioMAS has taken huge strides to reduce the building’s carbon and energy footprint  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  have been used to ensure energy-efficient lighting . 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 , 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  that naturally purify the water. Although we have featured other StudioMAS projects  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!
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URLs in this post:
 Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2011/10/Circa-on-Jellicoe-studioMAS-NO.2.jpg
 carbon and energy footprint: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carbon_footprint
 LEDs: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LED
 energy-efficient lighting: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Efficient_energy_use
 urban gathering space: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Urban_design
 wetland species: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wetland
 other StudioMAS projects: http://inhabitat.com/studiomas-sustainable-village/
 + StudioMAS Architects and Urban Designers: http://www.studiomas.co.za/
 + Circa on Jellicoe: http://www.circaonjellicoe.co.za/?m=1
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