Gallery: Zoka Zola’s Naturally Cooled Bamboo Hostel is a Giant Wind Sco...

 
South China’s sub tropical climate is the perfect environment to push the envelope for naturally cooled architecture. Zoka Zola Architects fully intends to maximize the art and science of natural cooling as they unveil a hostel that is fully ventilated using only prevailing breezes to keep occupants comfortable. The aggressively flared roof and carefully designed air shafts scoop up prevailing breezes and transfer the currents throughout the building. Made from locally grown bamboo the project aims to be the greenest building in Southern China.

The hostel will be a corporate retreat and training center but the developer also wants to push the limits of green design. The 24 bedrooms are all set on an upper floor which is fed fresh air by an aggressive wind scoop system built into the roof. Designed in conjunction with Arup Engineering , the roof directs the prevailing winds and pushes them into the core of the building, providing each room with cooling breezes. The lower floor will be the community area with a restaurant, conference space and indoor/outdoor area tucked below the sleeping quarters.

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  1. shabeik May 18, 2012 at 10:40 am

    it’s a wellcome development. i believe this will get international approval. meanwhile, can you design two bedroom apartment for me, including the construction?

  2. anothervoice May 24, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    This is a pretty seductive building. Aesthetically interesting and approachable with the trebled value that comes from being beautiful, sustainable and efficient.

    I would not be surprised to see this building receive recognition from the international architectural community. It’s a new benchmark in sustainable design to my eyes.

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