Visionary Concept for Science Campus / AllesWirdGut Architektur

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AllesWirdGut, together with the German climate engineering experts Transsolar and the Dutch-born urban planning avant-gardist Ton Matton, recently developed their concept for the BIO Campus. The project consists of a huge site just outside that is becoming one of the world’s leading scientific research centers which has had a holistic approach from the very start. The main idea behind the architectural and environmental project is to create a self-sufficient and self-supporting accumulation of living spaces for work, scientific research, everyday life and recreational activities. More images and architects’ description after the break.

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Humans are social creatures and thrive in urban spaces that foster social connections. Because of this, a shift to more dense, urban living would provide an outlet for social interaction and conditions under which humans can prosper. Contrary to common belief, urban systems can be more environmentally sustainable than rural or suburban living. With people and resource located so close to one another it is possible to save energy and resources things such as food transportation and mass transit systems. Finally, cities benefit the economy by locating human capital in one relatively small geographic area where ideas can be generated.

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A sustainable city, or eco-city is a city designed with consideration of environmental impact, inhabited by people dedicated to minimization of required inputs of energy, water and food, and waste output of heat, air pollution (CO2). The purpose of an eco campus is to connect a number of firms and organizations to work together to decrease their environmental impact while simultaneously improving their economic performance. The intensity of outdoor activities is one of the basic parameters which define the attraction and social sustainability of a site – the number of people and the time they spend outdoors in the gardens, cafes, restaurants, playgrounds, parks, circulation areas etc. Thus the environmental comfort concept of the Bio Istanbul Campus is aiming to provide an outstanding thermal comfort so that social activities indoors and outdoors are promoted and uphold year round.

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Doing our best on traditional environmental issues is not enough anymore. We have to take our responsibilities for all aspects we are involved in. Not only become self-supporting in clean energy or clean drinking water, but also think of a healthy working environment, with safe and healthy food in the cantine, a non-radiance interior, even clean cloths for our employees. No longer can we hide behind rules and regulations which hide all these responsibilities, as a global player we know what is going on in the world. In this proposal we want to set the new architectural agenda, the production of well being in a globalized world. The climate change will bring us more extreme conditions, hot and dry versus storm and wind. In a strongly mixed architectural and landscape proposal we create biotopes for every situation. We use all gradients and give them a place in a huge ‘climate machine’.

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only extreme conditions exist (1 and 0). During summer we move from cold climatized spaces (18°C) directly into hot outdoor spaces (35°C). This is not only unhealthy – it even causes the perception of feeling ‚too hot‘ when sitting underneath a parasol at 30°C. The office building of the future creates work spaces of transition and integrates them into the daily work routine. The employee is able to smoothly wander from zone to zone and adapt to the slowly changing climate conditions. In such an ‚analog work environment‘, we suddenly discover the outdoor terrace as a pleasant workplace underneath the parasol, even at 30°C.

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graded heights within the ensembles of the Supercampuses from 3 storeys to a maximum of 8 storeys (still no building regulations applicable for high-rise-developments). Taller buildings reduce their footprints (landuse) and create an important orientation point within an urban settlement (landmark). Due to higher density, people and resource are located so close to one another, that it is possible to save energy and resources. Up until a certain height in relation to its footprint (8 storeys, apprx. 1.000m2 footprint) the building achieves an optimized A/V ratio (Shellsurface / Volume), which is a relevant aspect of its energy balance.

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Each triangle represents an independant building (cell) of a subcampus. The triangular shapes allows the linking of cells at only one point (corner of triangle). The outer facade of the cell remains almost unaffected and suitable for rooms inside. The biggest possible angle (120°) between adjacent facades is achieved and ensures best daylight and view conditions. The connection creates an internal main road through the chain of cells. Additionally some 8-shaped loops offer alternative paths through the subcampus. The number of cells is defined by the number of buildings for the subcampus stated in the brief. Each level represents 1.000sqm of space.

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The new subcampus is adjusted in plan at its joints according to the border of the site and urban planing influences. Plazas on the edge towards public transport as well as green fields from the park form important public spaces and mark main entrances. Your future workplace is not anymore limited to some private enclosed interior space. Your workplace extends into the whole site of BIO CAMPUS. Discover almost infinite outdoor environments to perform your tasks. Enjoy social exchange with colleagues and residents. Present your ideas and discuss with the Public to verify your results. Get inspired by the ouverwhelming parks and find relaxation between urban farmlands. Let ‚the green‘ invade your thinking and integrate it into your daily work routine. Be concious about the priceless value of ‚the green‘ and become a member of our sustainable society.

Cite: Furuto, Alison. "Visionary Concept for Science Campus / AllesWirdGut Architektur" 29 Nov 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 17 Apr 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=294131>

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