Monday, January 29, 2007

Mexican Office Tower sans Air Conditioning

Meanwhile, in Guadalajara Mexico Catalan architect Carme Pinos has designed an office building that is supposed to keep cool without AC through careful shading, natural ventilation, fans and convection. The triangular office floors are clad in a double skin: the floors were first wrapped in a glass facade [a great deal of which consists of operable windows], which is then masked by horizontal wood slat paneling.. Workers can step out on to a grating system and push/pull these panels into their desired positions, providing control over the level of daylighting in their specific work space. This ‘double skin’ provides heaps of natural ventilation.

Check-out the pictures on this site.
Torre Cube by Carme Pinos > via

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