MARYLEBONE HALLS REFURBISHMENT AND THE AIRBLUTION HUB
by Manvin Grover
Design projects tackle the current and future climate conditions and improve the current building issues influenced by the environment and the performance of the building. Besides a sustainable design through passive strategies and net-zero energy building tools, the refurbishment of the Marylebone Halls also introduces an improved communal life for the students with a boring and repetitive daily schedule. Use of passive strategies help promote a better environmental atmosphere within the building which helps with students’ wellbeing. Different shapes and organic structures embedded in the design aim to give a soft and natural feeling but at the same time maintain the boldness of the atmosphere. There is a sense of privacy in the communal areas all throughout the building giving the students a choice of how exposed they want to be to the community. Incorporated vegetation into the space between the building and the second skin and most of the interior spaces also help with carbon levels and create a fresh and lively atmosphere. The self-cleaning façade of the air-blution hub helps reduce the air pollutants and allows kids to plant more vegetation and fill the gaps in the structure to protect from the air pollutants, extreme sun, and rain.