Gallery: Stockholm’s Shining Waterfront Centre is a Shape-Shifting Low-...

 
Stockholm recently completed construction on a silvery world-class conference center that contributes density and contemporary style to the heart of the classic city. Located adjacent to the main train station, the Stockholm Waterfront Congress Centre by White Arkitekter utilizes an array of state-of-the-art systems including a shimmering glass façade imbued with 1,040 square meters of solar thermal collectors, a high-tech transforming interior, and an ice storage cooling system to reduce its energy use. The center brags about being “greener than green” -- hit the jump to see if they can back up this claim.

Like the Convention Center Dublin that opened last year, this conference center incorporates a wide range of green technologies. The building is passively heated during the icy winter months thanks to a unique steel-louvered glass façade, while cooling is achieved using water in the adjacent Lake Mälaren as a heat sink. Off-peak power is used to create 250 tons of ice underneath the building, which can be used to cool the center in a hurry when it is packed with people.

The building also uses a neat trick to distribute energy evenly throughout the facility — when one section is too hot and another is too cold, the HVAC system can balance the temperature between the two areas with little net added energy.

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  1. herman miller santa rosa March 1, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    The interior uses horizontal design which is very popular, modern and creates movement. Brilliant showcase of a green public building. trope group

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