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Zaid Bin Talib Unveils Plans for Solar-Powered Rainwater-Harvesting Embassy of Iraq in Oslo

Posted By Lidija Grozdanic On June 28, 2013 @ 4:00 pm In Architecture,Gallery,Green Building | 1 Comment

Embassy of Iraq in Oslo, Zaid Bin Talib, Oslo School of Architecture and Design, solar power, rainwater harvesting, rain water, solar panels, photovoltaics, student work [1]

The intersecting swirls of Zaid Bin Talib [2]‘s Embassy of Iraq in Oslo create an interesting play of animated forms. The skin [3] provides gradual and discrete connections between different parts of the building. The two polarized swirls create a continuous and, at times elongated circulation path.

Serving as an urban sculpture [4], the overall shape of the building gestures towards the open spaces on the west side of the site. The north façade is mostly closed and functions as a buffer against traffic noise. Access, openings and views are oriented towards the east and shielded from winter winds.

The undulating roof is covered with photovoltaics [5] and it harvests rainwater to irrigate the surrounding vegetation. The openings are glazed with high-performance glass that reduces glare and provides views and shading.

+ Zaid Bin Talib [6]

+ Oslo School of Architecture and Design [7]

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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2013/06/Iraq-Embassy-Zaid-Ali-7.jpg

[2] Zaid Bin Talib: http://zaidbintalib.wix.com/zaid-bin-talib

[3] skin: http://inhabitat.com/solar-building-skin-turns-sydneys-ugliest-tower-into-an-eco-marvel/

[4] urban sculpture: http://inhabitat.com/artisit-tieris-urban-inspired-sculptures-are-made-by-compressing-discarded-materials/

[5] photovoltaics: http://inhabitat.com/tag/photovoltaics/

[6] + Zaid Bin Talib: http://zaidbintalib.wix.com/zaid-bin-talib#!.: Models :.|cee5

[7] + Oslo School of Architecture and Design: http://www.aho.no/en/

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