China's Green Energy Lab is wrapped in a double skin that shields the research center from harsh sunlight. Shanghai Jiao Tong University and the Italian Ministry of the Environment and Protection of the Territory and the Sea commissioned Studio Archea to create the 4,850 square meter facility, which exemplifies the kind of energy-efficient design the project was conceived to research and develop.
The three story building has a perimeter of balconies that helped to reduce the building’s energy consumption. In winter, heating expenses are curtailed thanks to the solar heat collected on the balconies, whereas in summer, cooling charges are kept low thanks to the system’s natural ventilation. Skylights throughout the building bring in plenty of natural light.
The first two levels of the simple box structure host the laboratories, conference rooms, classrooms, exhibition space while the top and third floor is devoted to two apartments crowned by a clean energy-generating rooftop photovoltaic array. Lastly, the whole program is organized around a central green courtyard that offers workers a respite from the working day.
Via Arch Daily
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