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This was the first step towards developing a fully fledged bio-climatic architecture that attempted to assimilate western buildings types such as the high-rise, with traditional passive cooling strategies taken from vernacular Malay houses. In this regard, the climatically responsive building can be seen as having a closer fit with its geographical context Yeang, Yeang has since developed the concept of the building as an environmental filter for all his work in the region.
Instead, there is a range of techniques intended to reduce the use of air-conditioning through passive ventilation and cooling used within a series of high-rises that have become increasingly sculptural over twenty years of practice.
As with much commercially oriented environmental architecture, there is a lack of critical assessment of environmental performance. If there are shortcomings in a project, it is not in the interests of a practice to have them noised abroad, as clients are reluctant to be experimented on with new techniques and technologies.
The learning curve, therefore, tends to stay in-house. This last was commissioned by the Singapore Urban Redevelopment Authority, and is intended to begin life as an exhibition tower, with exhibition, retail and performance spaces. It is part of a strategy to reduce the enormous drain on resources that high-rises conventionally involve.
The structure will be bolted, not welded, for easier demounting, and will carry photovoltaic arrays, heavy planting and rain scoops. The result is an expressionism that struggles against the structural linearity dictated by the engineering demands of the high-rise. The degree to which such designs are energy efficient has yet to be assessed, and to his great credit, Yeang is co-operating fully with a doctoral study1 examining a problem central to passive cooling in the tropics: the extent to which daylight is sacrificed in the battle against solar gain.
The more shading devices employed to prevent direct sunlight from entering the building, the darker the interior becomes; the darker the interior becomes, the more electricity is necessary to artificially light the interior. This is probably less electricity than the amount required to run extra air-conditioning if there were no, or insufficient, solar shading, but it remains a significant energy expenditure. To what degree, then, is this work climatically differentiated? Does its configuration and articulation visibly indicate its climate zone?
Yeang certainly wants his tropical high-rises to declare their intentions; that is, he wants them to be readable as tropical.
At the same time, however, environmental design is an aspect of his architecture, not its totality: 1. Shireen Jahnkassim The bioclimatic energy-conserving agenda provides us with a set of theoretical principles for shaping buildings which must eventually allow for a permissiveness in poetic interpretation by design Yeang, Such an aim removes any quantified environmental performance levels from the equation.
As long as fossil fuel consumption is lowered relative to a conventional high-rise, the amount by which it is lowered cannot be held to account. The more recent work is planted, opened up and less metallic, responding to climate as particularly as possible. To pursue climatic differentiation to its logical conclusion is perhaps ultimately to exclude a building type alien to that climate.
All one can hope to achieve is a less environmentally damaging building, rather than perfected coexistence, and this Yeang has certainly already achieved, and continues to push forward with remarkable fertility. Was this article helpful?
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Gazahn The client also had a shortage of cash for the project, and we bought roof roof house ken yeang office building from him. Performance has no limit and that is roog main objective. Green design is a must-have. For Yeang, buildings need to be simple, flexible, able yeanf be assembled and disassembled recyclableand integrate seamlesslesly with the natural environment — the building should always be influenced by the site specifics of ecology, physical landscape and climate.
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