Ronald Lu & Partners have revealed a new workplace concept. Titled “Treehouse,” the biophilic high-rise design intends to make business places healthier and more eco-friendly with green plantings, net-zero operations and other integrated sustainable technology. It’s a beautiful take on what an office building can be, with balcony after balcony of greenery and a quality ventilation system. The designers have a reputation for aiming for carbon positive or net-zero creations, and this time they’ve won an award for their efforts.
The Treehouse incorporates green walls, facades and rooftops, plus water features, natural light, and ventilation strategies to green the traditional office building. A system of facades inclines along with the sun to shade the building for natural temperature regulation. During the day, the inclining facade’s chimney effect reduces heat transfer to the building. This smart design won Treehouse the Advancing Net Zero Ideas Competition (ANZ) Future Building Award.
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“We are honoured to win the ANZ future building award for Treehouse,” said Bryant Lu, Ronald Lu & Partner’s Vice Chairman. “This win reinforces our commitment to improving buildings in high-rise, high-density urban areas and prioritizing human health and wellbeing throughout the design process. We see Treehouse as a catalyst for change; a design that pushes for a carbon-positive future for all of us, and the generations to follow. Treehouse is not just a place of work, it is a seed planted that will grow as we strive for a more sustainable future.”
The ANZ Award is associated with The World Green Building Council, which encourages businesses, organizations, cities, states and regions to reach net-zero operating emissions by 2030, and for all buildings to be net-zero in operation by 2050. Ronald Lu & Partners strives not only for net-zero operations but for climate resilience, too. In a Facebook post, the company describes how the Treehouse incorporates resilient features such as rain gardens. Learn more here.
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