One of the building’s levels is partially submerged to manage scale and improve energy conservation. Careful energy modeling helped dictate the placement of the various design elements to maximize performance.
The grounds are just as important to the environmental design. Not only do hills encourage climbing, rolling, and sliding — the resulting valley hosts a critical water feature. Macrophyte plants placed in a manmade wetlands absorb and treats wastewater from the building. The water is then used for irrigation of the surrounding landscape. A gravel bank rings the wetlands and holds the purified water until it is needed. By closing the water loop the facility teaches children about resource conservation while dramatically saving on water and the energy it takes to process this valuable resource.
WHY THIS MATTERS
Green design in public spaces allows citizens to experience directly how good design works. Plaza Ecopolis was designed from the start to be a resource of awareness, and the educational function of the building is flexed to its fullest through an engaging design.
Via Arch Daily
Photos © Emilio P. Doiztua