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Solar-Powered Swiss Clockwork Embassy in Cameroon Will Have a Green Roof

Posted By Tafline Laylin On May 30, 2012 @ 9:18 am In Architecture,carousel showcase,Environment,Gallery,Green Building,Green Roof,Solar Power | No Comments

Matteo Cainer Architects, Cameroon, Swiss Clockwork Embassy, Musgum housing, green design, sustainable design, eco-design, Cameroon, rainwater harvesting, swiss watches, passive design, geothermal, clean energy, Minergie, natural materials, energy-efficiency

The Swiss embassy complex has been designed to have three main functions: the Chancellery, the Ambassador’s residence and staff quarters. Private and public functions have been separated, and the Ambassador’s residence acts as a bridge between the two. Designed after the traditional Musgum house [1], the house is organized around a central, circular courtyard and private garden – an oasis in the steamy capital, while a low-maintenance sedum roof covers the Chancellery.

Rooftop rainwater harvesting [2] will provide water for irrigation and plumbing, while another garden system that will be purified naturally will provide potable water for the entire complex. Although Cameroon does experience a decent amount of rainfall, no effort at water conservation is unwelcome.

The concrete walls (with high thermal massing [3]) are all clad in natural materials and very well insulated, drastically reducing energy loads. This combined with digitally-controlled sunshades that mitigate solar gain and a system of underground tubes that circulate cool and hot air would allow this project to meet Switzerland’s stringent Minergie standards [4], setting a new example for energy-efficient construction in the West African country.

+ Matteo Cainer Architects [5]

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[1] traditional Musgum house: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Musgum_people

[2] rainwater harvesting: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rainwater_harvesting

[3] high thermal massing: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thermal_mass

[4] stringent Minergie standards: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minergie

[5] + Matteo Cainer Architects: http://matteocainer.com/

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