- Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building - http://inhabitat.com -

UNStudio Center for Virtual Engineering (ZVE) Earns Gold Sustainability Certification

Posted By Tafline Laylin On June 25, 2012 @ 12:00 pm In Architecture,carousel showcase,clean tech,Daylighting,Design,energy efficiency,Environment,Gallery,Innovation | No Comments

Germany, Stuttgart, UNStudio, gold certification, sustainable building, German Sustainable Building Council, ZVE, DGNB, Green design, sustainable design, eco-design, energy-efficiency, daylighting

An experiment in constructing offices to promote communication, experimentation and creativity, ZVE is comprised of a main curved structure with rows of horizontal windows that open to permit natural ventilation [1] and then extends into a more traditional rectangular space. This alternative to the grid is not only ascetically-pleasing, but also allows for a remarkably low facade to volume ratio of just 32%. Bubble deck ceilings [2] mitigate the need for structural columns, and the lintel-free ceilings [3] allow natural light to penetrate deep into the building.

Taking their commitment to sustainability (and attainability) one step further, UN Studio [4] used low-maintenance, separable and recyclable materials for ZVE’s skeleton, interior and facade construction. This combined with the building’s super efficient footprint and compact building volume, along with a variety of energy-saving fixtures, all culminate in an exciting and progressive design that has earned the recognition that it is receiving from DNGB [5] today!

+ UN Studio [6]

Article printed from Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building: http://inhabitat.com

URL to article: http://inhabitat.com/unstudio-center-for-virtual-engineering-zve-earns-gold-sustainability-certification/

URLs in this post:

[1] natural ventilation: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Natural_ventilation

[2] Bubble deck ceilings: http://www.bubbledeck-uk.com/pdf/BDOverview9-03.pdf

[3] lintel-free ceilings: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lintel_(architecture)

[4] UN Studio: http://inhabitat.com/unstudio-unveils-green-roofed-library-of-the-future-for-belgium/

[5] DNGB: http://www.dgnb.de/dgnb-ev/de/

[6] + UN Studio: http://www.unstudio.com/projects/zve-fraunhofer-institute

Copyright © 2011 Inhabitat Local - New York. All rights reserved.