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WOHA’s Met Tower Keeps its Cool in Bangkok’s Tropical Climate With Natural Ventilation

Posted By Lidija Grozdanic On May 2, 2013 @ 9:25 am In Architecture,carousel showcase,Gallery,Green Building,Green Roof,News | No Comments

Aga Khan Award 2013, WOHA Met Tower Bangkok, WOHA Architects, architectural award, sustainable buildings, Thailand towers, high-rise architecture, residential towers Bangkok, tropical housing, natural ventilation, green architecture, Aga Khan Award finalists [1]

The Met was designed following the logic of low-rise tropical housing [2], with a layout that allows cross-ventilation and establishes communication between the inside and the outside through the introduction of open-space terraces, verandas and gardens. It incorporates typical Thai elements such as ceramic tiles, textiles and timber paneling. The building is dominated by two design strategies- populating horizontal surfaces with vegetation [3] and walls with creeper screens for shading. A staggered arrangement of blocks diversifies the climate within the building and creates gentle breezes which reach deep into the living spaces.

Common areas are scattered all over the tower, offering a variety of experiences and ambiances: inhabitants can enjoy the stone and vegetation on the ground level, the indoor-outdoor facilities around the pool area, libraries, small resting places and sky terraces [4].

The Met will be competing for a part of a 1-million dollar fund and a place among five or six finalists which will be selected and announced at a ceremony to be held in Lisbon in September 2013.

+ WOHA Architects [5]

+ Aga Khan Award for Architecture [6]

Photos by Patrick Bingham-Hall [7]

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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2013/05/The-Met-Bangkok-WOHA-Architects-2.jpg

[2] tropical housing: http://inhabitat.com/prefab-friday-homes-for-tropical-environments/

[3] vegetation: http://inhabitat.com/nyc/garden-up-plant-towers-make-it-easy-to-grown-your-own-veggies-in-small-nyc-apartments/

[4] sky terraces: http://inhabitat.com/unstudios-scotts-tower-is-a-soaring-skyscraper-complete-with-sky-gardens-and-a-green-roof/

[5] + WOHA Architects: http://www.wohadesigns.com/

[6] + Aga Khan Award for Architecture: http://www.akdn.org/architecture/

[7] Patrick Bingham-Hall: http://www.patrickbingham-hall.com/

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