Gallery: Syracuse’s Green-Roofed “Kinky” Lab Cuts Energy Use in Half

 
The Syracuse Center for Excellence recently unveiled a $41 Million laboratory complex that embodies their mission to address global challenges through green energy, indoor environmental quality, and smart water use. Designed by Japanese architect Toshiko Mori, the building features an angular facade and a sloping green roof. The project has been nicknamed the “Kinky building”, and it employs several energy-efficient green building strategies and places a strong emphasis on protecting the health of the lab assistants who work there.

Most buildings use energy-sucking, complex climate control systems to keep things cool or warm, but in the Kinky building heating and cooling is controlled with hanging panels that use water to regulate the temperature. The innovative panels use less energy than all-air systems, and require less fans and no Freon. In addition to this energy-saving air system, the Kinky also boasts an energy-conscious daylighting system and a sloping green roof covered in plants that extends from the entrance and climbs to the third floor labs.

The window blinds of the building have been designed to be in tune with the angle of the sun to prevent glare and reduce heating. The unique design also optimizes interior daylight and reduces the need to turn on overhead lights during the day.

In the labs, air quality is of utmost importance, as researchers interact with a range of chemicals on a daily basis. Each lab features air testing equipment that measures air quality, signaling when fresh air needs to be filtered in.

Mori also designed the building with future energy costs in mind – the lab uses less than half of the energy of a typical American lab. These energy conservation efforts ensure that this building is built to last.

+ Toshiko Mori

Via Archinect

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