by Diana Criollo Guaman

The building is a mix of private/public space with areas dedicated to sustainability education. This is possible through various spaces such as a workshop, auditorium and courtyards for external activities. The mass has been shaped so not to affect light access to the surrounding buildings. A visual opening towards the green central area is made through a glass wall orientated towards the South-East. To promote more daylight access, the West façade is also glazed. The North façade was designed as a thermal mass with smaller apertures to reduce heat losses. The atrium helped reduce heat gains and operable window area. An auditorium for public meetings and lectures is placed within the underground level to benefit from a cooler environment, necessary to contrast high levels of heat gains. The design study confirms the possibility that buildings with high levels of glass can perform to high environmental standards.