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Partially “Furry” Glass Cube Uses Tradition Palapa as a Sustainable Facade
The office and retail building plays off local identity and was built by local craftsmen who are familiar with the methods of palapa construction. Experimental in design, but easily recognizable as part of the vernacular architecture, the Petat Glass buildings makes a case for alternative architecture. The geometric orthogonal building is respectful to the surrounding environment and largely relies on steel and glass for its construction.
Large, operable windows draw in lots of natural daylight and encourage cross ventilation through the space, which eliminates the use of air conditioning. The idea was to show that expensive and high tech systems are not necessary to create comfortable interior spaces. Simple and traditional materials, like palapa, can be used to encourage ventilation, cooling and create a visually stimulating space.
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