Green Energy Laboratory / Archea

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Architects: Archea
Location: , China
Architect In Charge: Laura Andreini, Marco Casamonti, Silvia Fabi, Giovanni Polazzi
Area: 4,850 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Charlie Xia

Project Manager: Enrico Ancilli
Building Site Assistance: Andrea Antonucci, Wang Xinfang
Collaborators: Andrea Destro, Eugenia Murialdo, Marco Zuttioni

© Charlie Xia

The project, located inside the Minhang Campus of Jiao Tong University, arose from a collaboration between the university and the Italian Ministry of Environment and Protection of Land and Sea, for the realization of a center for the research and dissemination of low environmental impact building technologies. The building, named GEL (Green Energy Laboratory) is designed as a simple and compact body endowed with a central courtyard covered by an ample skylight.

© Charlie Xia

This space, surrounded by walkway balconies, creates a gap capable of energy consumption optimization since it functions, during sunny winter days, as a heat collector, in the summmer period like a ventilation duct for the warm air that it produces internally. The first two levels of the building house laboratories, conference and control rooms, classrooms and exhibition spaces; the third and top floor includes two representative apartments enclosed in the shape of a “house” covered by a pitched roof made from photovoltaic panels. Every single environment enjoys the benefits derived from the maximization of ventilation and natural lighting through a dual-facing configuration: towards the court and towards the exterior where a double skin guarantees the control and the screening of sun rays on the glazed surfaces.


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