World Architecture Awards Submissions / 42nd Cycle
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Balıkesir Municipality service building will be located in the newly developing area of the city in the north-west direction. Of course, the campus, which is at a point dominating the city due to its location, has the potential to be one of the new focal points.
The building to be constructed in the area reserved for Balıkesir Municipality Service Building; It is aimed to be a reference to the newly developing urban environment, to be a new attraction point in the region, compatible with the surrounding recreation areas.
The building has 3 main functions consisting of municipal service offices, assembly hall of municipality and social areas. Social areas such as the restaurant and conference hall are designed by separating them from the municipality at the ground level, and by connecting to the mass where the municipal units are at the upper level with an eaves. The conference hall was designed as a green sloping mass, creating a natural hill effect. In front of the restaurant, a stepped terrace has been designed to watch the city on the terrace consisting of steps. The transition between the masses is provided by the continuity of the surface by continuing from the mass to the mass.Linear metal strips are designed as a 2nd facade as mesh. It is not only reduces energy expenditures by making a sunshade effect in the building, but also defines the contrast between full-transparent and mass surfaces in the building as an architectural language. The area with the mesh facade defines the closed surfaces in the building and contrasts with the non-meshed areas. The main office mass of the municipal service units consists of 10 floors.This mass of 10 floors does not have the same flooring on every floor. Rich office spaces are designed with 2-storey spaces in different directions. The service offices continue on the 3rd and 4th floors and extend below the assembly hall. The floor under the assembly hall is carried to the 3rd and 4th floors by columns on the ground,1st and 2nd floors.this colonnaded area defines a semi-open space, where it provides a semi-open space for collective events. Various shows, concerts, speeches can be held in this area protected from rain and sun. After this colonnaded area, the building continues towards the building where the social units are only as eaves and where artistic activities can be done. In this area, while connecting the social areas with the municipal office and council hall units, it is designed to create light plays by opening spaces in different proportions on the eaves in between.
Located at the Bangalore University campus at Jnanabharathi, Bangalore, Karnataka, around 14 km away from the core of the city, this training institute is a part of the CoA Architectural centres. They are extensions of the academic wing of the CoA and strive to be Centers of Excellence imparting training, conducting research, and disseminating knowledge through mediums such as publications and providing motivation to students through various programs. They act as great forums of interaction and national resource centres for the profession of architecture.
The primary purpose of the project is to develop a novel vocabulary of architecture that can be a prototype beacon for future practice norms, in addition to raising fundamental questions about the purpose of the architecture profession. The project was approached from three different angles - Rethinking Sustainability (“Future from the Past”), Rethinking Architecture (Simply “Architecture”- designing for the New Normal), and Rethinking Bangalore (Contextual Approach: Reversing the vicious cycle). Each of these varied lenses offers a different perspective on the project. The design development involved integrating and balancing the Five Elements of Nature also called the PanchTatvas (Earth, Fire, Water, Air and Space). This is to achieve Simple Living and provide for all three faculties of man namely, spiritual, psychological and physical. This will be the true definition of Architecture.
SITE PLANNING PRINCIPLE:
The site is Located at the Bangalore University campus at Jnanabharathi, Bangalore, Karnataka, around 14 km away from the core of the city, an area of 2 Acres, Surrounded by residential communities of Kengeri satellite town, it has access to all facilities supported by downtowns.
Existing Trees in the site are maintained and incorporated within the design, while the green terraces compensates few. A few new tree species based on the five elements/senses are considered for re-introduction which are indigenous to the city of Bangalore. The intention is to create a forest-like environment on the site, providing a healthier and peaceful ambience for everyone.
The trees in the design not only creates greenery and aesthetics but also become Max a part of social-interaction spaces for people from buildings to interact in the FSI/F plaza. This plaza accommodates seating, informal performance area and Set gathering spaces.
The site planning principle is “to harvest all that is freely available on site and again give back to nature more than what has been taken from it”. The COA-COE site plan in Bangalore positions the administration building, conference centre, resource centre, archives, and guest house towards the back of the property, all of which are encircled by forested greenery.
LOCAL MATERIALS - WITH LOW EMBODIED ENERGY:
Conscious efforts have been taken to use more natural, local, low-energy materials such as bamboo, mud, stone, etc. Steel and concrete were kept to a minimum because of their high embodied energy. They not only lessen the project's carbon footprint, but also give a healthier, natural and peaceful ambience to the buildings.
The 6" topsoil removed during excavation for the sub-structure is preserved and used for the plantation in the green roof. This makes sure that the nutrient-rich topsoil is from the site and nothing from outside is brought to disturb the existing balance.
Net Plus Design
Water: The water saved by the rainwater harvesting system is used effectively with water efficiency measure of almost 70 percentage.
Energy: The energy required for the building is provided by the solar panels on the bamboo roof structure.
Waste Management: The waste management system of the site is taken care of by composting (for solid waste) which also adds nutrients content to the soil and by Sewage treatment plant.
The net carbon emission is kept at a minimum by the use of bamboo and rammed earth. The indigenous trees are preserved on site to maintain the air quality.
By balancing these factors, a NET PLUS design was achieved.
Building Energy Features:
Site Area: 2 Acres
Total built-up Area: 8814 sq.m
Building footprint: 2589.97 (32%)
Water body Area: 419 sq.m
Balcony Area: 425 sq.m
Sky forest: 1598 sq.m (64%)
Green plot ratio: 125%
Community plot ratio: 115
Ar. Neelam Manjunath
The residential part of project consists of 9 residential buildings. Total height of the buildings are ranging from 28 meters to 116 meters. Total construction area is just above 250.000 sqm where 95.000 sqm of this area is allocated for common areas such as underground parking (1765 cars), shelter, depots etc. Gross residential area is 143.000 sqm consists of 987 apartments while net apartment area is 88.071 sqm. Location of the project is close to the city center, but recently the building heights are increased as in this project and there are many mixed-use projects under construction or recently completed around it.
All the design is produced by the same studio with a holistic approach from the masterplanning stage to the interior architecture including landscaping. This allowed different teams to directly collaborate and avoids the loss of time and misunderstanding between different disciplines.
Additionally, the main intention of the design team is to create a landmark and dissociate from the surrounding buildings with an illuminated "orange diagonal mark".
There are many other mixed use development which are completed recently as this project but the market demand on this project clearly shows the success of the building layout and overall project quality. Additionally, the construcion speed of this development affected potential buyers on their decision of which project to choose. Also, the architiectural office designed a 1/100 scale model and sample apartments for each different apartment type to demonstrate the outcome of the construction to the potential customers.
Most of the materials used in the project are manufactured locally to suppport the local procurement. Moreover, the rainwater collected in the site is used for the irrigation system of the landscaping. Additionally, importance is attached to heat isolation materials to decrease the consumption of energy during heating and cooling. Energy contect of each material are considered in the decision making process. The main change is adapting the new way of living where the modern-day residents are in search of a project where they can socialize, work out, play, have fun and run errands and this project is providing all these needs in a properly designed way.
Partners in Charge: Salih Z. Salalı - Doruk Salalı
CMC is a combined Data Centre project with two office tower components, and supporting facilities, located in the business district of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
The concept plays on the idea of using platonic geometric forms and digital symmetry to generate its iconic design, which can be described as the obscure expression of silence, evident throughout the entire buildings posterior, its landscape, and its interior design. These platonic forms – the foremost being the Cube, act as the CPU for the project, with its core components observed in grand unison.
The office towers offer an architectural contrast with its glazed, curtain wall façade against the solid, opacity of the data center, emphasizing the creative interactivity between the fluid, analogue user, and the digital, rigid, impenetrability of the data center. This offers a sense of affirmation of the Tier III level security and efficiency of the data center, one of its most significant features.
The hardscape design responds to the architectural language through its pixelated green component and drop-off cluster, arranged as such to correspond to that of electronic circuitry extending from the ‘CPU’, leading each visitor to one of the three main buildings, contingent to the purpose of their visit.
Security measures have been integrated within the architectural passive design strategy by offsetting a trench at the landscaped perimeter wall with the ground level slab, visually exposing the basement parking level below and complementing this exposure with a vertical green wall, essentially creating a bridge-link connection between the central drop-off to the visitor entrance area. What may not be immediately evident is the security measure this feature offers to the basement space. The trench creates a physical barrier in the circulation space between the parking area of the office and the substructure below the data center.
This strategy passively controls the potential risk of malicious attacks on the data center building from its ancillary area. From a technical standpoint, ventilation in the basement is minimised since the exposed perimeter opening allows for cross-ventilation to occur, offering energy savings improved air quality. The visual effect is pleasing as it creates a relationship between the hardscape, vertical green wall and the basement area with the architectural language.
Upon entry of the office towers, the data center lobby is accentuated with its sharp, static appearance, the minimalistic approach of the draws on the epoxy finish on bare concrete, create a relationship which enhances the visitor experience by interpolating these technological characteristics in each element of the interior design.
CMC addresses a key constituent of Vietnam’s economic growth, that of which has fast become a strategic geographic location for large tech company’s expansion, or relocation to Vietnam. Furthermore, CMC incentivizes its guests by providing affordable office spaces, co-working spaces with shared facilities, and social activities for its users. This, together with government tax incentives for special economic zones, makes a very attractive proposition for international tenants.
With the construction of the Data Center completed in 2022 and fully operational, CMC has proved its success with its immediate implementation of its IT services & cloud functions. The southern (CMC Headquarters) office block, as of 2022, is under fit-out stage preparing for handover to the tenants, while the northern tower, which caters to external tenants, continues its construction phase and is due for completion in late 2022.
Name of project: CMC Creative Space
Office Credit: TwoG Architecture
Office URL: https://twog-architecture.com/
Program: Office Building and Data Center
Location: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Site area: 13,133 sqm
GFA: 57,928 sqm
Award Winnwer certificate: "Best Data Center In Vietnam 2022"
Lead Architect: TwoG Architecture
Design team: Ismael Gulser Belmonte, Diego Maltesi, Nguyen Hoang Giang, Pham Khac Hung, Vo Duy Vang, Le Phuoc Trong
MEP: SMEC, B Barcelona and Rankine Hill
Santo by the Sea villa was inspired by owners' dream of a small Santorini in Vietnam, and the perfect place for this is nowhere else, but Van Phong Bay. Located 30 minutes drive from Nha Trang in central Vietnam, Van Phong Bay is bestowed by the mother of nature with picturesque beauty with vivid colors of clouds, sky, and sea. Escaping noisy and bustling, this place still retains its rare wilderness, tranquility, and extremely majestic natural landscapes.
Characterized by Santorini architecture: white painted houses by the sea, Santo by the Sea no doubt was built to meet perfection. Whitewashed houses in complete harmony with blue sea and golden sand. All the walls and ceiling are finished rough from sand without being flattened bring out the nature but no less delicacy of a sea villa.
Combining a minimalist style with the elements of traditional Greek island architecture and modern beauty, it is designed with large arched doorways and thick wall to make the most of the beauty of the surrounding nature and bring natural light into all indoor spaces. The villa has main space for the owner on the ground and guest areas on the upper floor, connected by outdoor staircases to take full advantage of the natural beauty. The rooftop offers fab seascapes, especially at sunset. Between the 2 floors, a large pool area located in the middle of the house, bringing again the famous blue among the white walls. Addition to the family kitchen space on the ground floor, a sushi bar with freshly caught local seafood is also set up on the upper floor to entertain guests.
Program: Private house
Gross Built Area: 800m2
Location: Nha Trang City, Viet Nam
Office Credit: Pham Huu Son Architects (PHSA)
Contractor: Nha Xanh 79 Company
Lead Architects: Pham Huu Son
Design Team: Nguyen Duc An, Nguyen Truong Ky, Phan Quy
Photographer: Hiroyuki Oki