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Friday, April 19, 2019

BIG, Shenzhen Energy Mansion in China

The new home of the state-owned Shenzhen Energy Company addresses the need to provide comfortable work spaces in tropical climate while reducing energy consumption.

The 96,000m2 development consists of two office towers, rising 220m to the north and 120m to the south with twists, pleats, and curving forms. They are joined together at the bottom by a 34m podium accommodating the main lobbies, a conference center, a cafeteria, and exhibition spaces. The design extrudes parts of the taller tower, forming gentle deformations and protrusions containing meeting rooms and breakout areas with impressive views.

The modern skycraper with glass facades presented itself as an economically efficient structure, with flexible, functional, well-lit offices. But the inconveniences of this model – like the radiation produced by direct exposure to the sun or the poor insulation level of the glass curtain wall –led to excessive use of air conditioning and artificial lighting, with substantial environmental consequences. This project follows a known floor plan scheme, efficient and tested, but gives it a skin adapted to the local climate. All innovation efforts to improve the building’s energy performance is concentrated in the facade, which between folds to create parts that insulate, block out direct sunlight, and integrate solar panels. The combination of these elements with pasive solar hearing reduces the overall energy consumption of the building.
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