Technology Focuses: CONCRETE
O – 14 building is located at the heart of business bay. The tower’s concrete shell is not only the structure of the building but also creates a lace-like façade open to light, air, and views. The 21-level office complex are carried without the barriers of conventional columns and walls. At ground level, exclusive shops and below grade, four levels of parking provide capacity for over 400 cars. The openings on the shell are modulated depending on the structural requirements, views, sun exposure and luminosity. A space nearly one meter deep between the shell and the main enclosure creates a chimney effect: hot air has room to rise and effectively cools the surface of the glass windows behind the perforated shell. This passive solar technique essentially contributes to a natural component to the cooling system for O – 1, thus reducing energy consumption and costs.
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