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Old San Francisco Mint to Become a Gorgeous Green Museum
Posted By Philip Proefrock On July 27, 2010 @ 4:23 pm In Architecture,Green renovation,green roof | No Comments
Originally constructed in 1874, the San Francisco building was the second branch of the United States Mint. The building was designed by Alfred Mullet, who used a ‘floating’ foundation design which enabled the building to survive the earthquake, an approach which is still used to this day.
One strategy being used by the designers is “letting the building do what it was designed to do .” For example, existing passive ventilation  is not closed down — instead, the renovations are designed to work with the existing building. The new glass roof over the courtyard does not seal off the courtyard, but rather serves to supplement the passive ventilation systems without completely closing in the building. It also serves to provide additional rainwater catchment area.
This strategy also preserves the building’s existing details, rather than directly juxtaposing new construction with the existing building in ways that damage its historic character. In addition to passive ventilation, the building also takes advantage of natural daylight  and the structures high thermal mass. The project is expected to be completed in 2013.
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URLs in this post:
 Adaptive reuse: http://inhabitat.com/renovation/
 finding new life: http://www.worldarchitecturenews.com/index.php?fuseaction=wanappln.projectview&upload_id=14372
 HOK: http://hokrenew.com/2010/02/26/the-mint-project/
 The Mint: http://www.themintproject.org/our_bold_plan/index.html
 Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2010/07/mint03.jpg
 letting the building do what it was designed to do: http://www.dwell.com/articles/greening-san-franciscos-old-mint.html
 passive ventilation: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/07/03/california-desert-home-uses-passive-ventilation-techniques/
 Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2010/07/outside-mint.jpg
 natural daylight: http://inhabitat.com/daylighting/
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