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Tod Williams & Billie Tsien Unveil Their Nature-Inspired Design for the Kimball Art Center
Daylight and views play a strong roll in the TWBTA’s design for the art center renovation. New, energy efficient windows replace existing glazing and in the new portion of the building glazings are oriented to capture views and sunlight. Interior lighting and mechanical systems are specifically designed to provide optimum conditions for art and events. Existing walls will be updated to ensure a high performing envelope with a tight, sealed exterior and additional insulation.
TWBTA has also included a number of energy efficient systems in order to reduce energy use. This includes the use of heat recovery, high efficiency chillers, and geothermal heat pumps. The roof’s design allows for the inclusion of a photovoltaic system to generate power for the building. In addition, the roof will also work to collect rainwater and snow melt and make use of gray water where appropriate.
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