Gallery: This Ginormous Orange Cube is an Architecture + Design Showroo...

 
A giant void in the building is created by subtracting three 'conic' volumes, which generate interesting spaces, daylighting and views of the river.

The building serves as the headquarters for the Cardinal Group, a real estate development firm, as well as the Design Showroom RBC. The intention of the project was to combine a showroom dedicated to the world of design objects inside the architecture of a fantastic building and create an experience along the banks of the river. Orange was chosen as the color for the building as a reference to the industrial color commonly used in harbors. A giant void in the building is created by subtracting three ‘conic’ volumes, which generate interesting spaces, daylighting and views of the river.

Most of the building is covered in a perforated facade that acts as a shade screen minimizing direct sun on the interior. Energy efficiency is maximized with this screen and all of the offices enjoy natural daylighting. A geothermal heat pump with heat recovery provides energy efficient heating and cooling, making use of the relatively constant temperatures of the nearby river. Then, a photovoltaic system on the roof provides 10% of the building’s electricity needs.

+ Jakob + Macfarlane

Via Designboom

Images ©Nicolas Borel/Jakob + Macfarlane

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