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Emerald Plaza by Emergent Architecture
Posted By Olivia Chen On October 30, 2008 @ 12:30 pm In Architecture,Urban design | 3 Comments
Public space  is essential in any urban environment, but drawing people out can be difficult when the weather makes the outdoors uncomfortable. The Emerald Plaza  in Abu Dhabi by Los Angeles-based Emergent Architecture  is intended to invite people out of doors despite high temperatures by offering shade and a wide expanse of space. The multi-level, modern plaza  physically links the buildings surrounding it via walkways, while cooling pools help to regulate the plaza’s temperature.
Emerald Plaza ‘s ground-level environment acts much like a grotto, maintaining a comfortable temperature with water regulated and cooled by geothermal heat pumps . Above it, a sculptural volume is crafted from the surrounding angular geometries. This space will be used as an indoors conference and media center that overlooks the water. The pools will be filled with solar-powered lily pads  and flowers to create an attractive public space for the nighttime hours, when lower temperatures will make both the lower and upper terraces more inviting.
Via World Architecture News 
Photos courtesy of Emergent Architecture
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 Emerald Plaza: http://www.emergentarchitecture.com/projects.php?id=20
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 plaza: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/08/21/three-pnc-plaza-in-pittsburgh/
 geothermal heat pumps: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/08/28/new-mexicos-first-geothermal-power-plant-raser/
 lily pads: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/05/12/solar-lily-pads-planned-for-glasgows-clyde-river/
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