the air to the space at 20 degrees Celsius rather than the 14
degrees of the normal system, and as such, while base plant
equipment sizes are bigger, the energy consumption is much
lower and ‘in the round’ is delivered for the same cost as the
The building is covered with green walls which soften the appearance of this large building and also ETFE ‘tree’ canopies
which offer comfort from the external elements. Both of these
items are considered as strong educational ‘identifiers’ for the
children but also provide the much needed ability for external
play in the children’s cognitive development.
From one place with fairly stable climatic conditions to another with extreme fluctuations. Moscow has a design temperature of minus forty to plus forty degrees. This posed many
challenges, not least was the response to massive quantities
of snow, when designing the ‘Snegiri Eco’ luxury residential
project in the southwest region of Moscow.
This apartment complex is set around a green park and lake
with the buildings orientated to maximise on the landscape integration with the park, but also to benefit from the short and
long distance views – something rarely achieved in Moscow.
Our solution here also included the idea of ‘winter gardens’
within the design of the residential units. These triple glazed
spaces, through passive solar gain, provided the occupants
with usable external space even in the depths of the long winters. These ‘buffer’ spaces create a habitable zone that is adaptable as a balcony in the winter and can become an extension to
the living spaces in the summer months by retractable internal
Prior to establishing Bogle Architects, I was responsible for
the first residential building in the world to have fully integrated wind turbines, providing direct energy for the buildings. In
2005 a directive by the Greater London Assembly dictated that
all building over a certain size and floor area had to provide 10
percent renewable energy in situ. Our designs for Strata SE1
met this criteria by locating three 9m diameter wind turbines
at the top of the structure. Harnessing the wind at an elevation
of 150m high allowed this city centre development to meet the
Local Authority requirements.
While an interesting solution to solving the energy consumption problem, through use of a natural resource, there are far
more efficient ways to harness wind energy. Wind and solar
energy production is more efficient on a larger industrial scale
rather than building specific, however, it keeps the debate very
much in the public’s vision.
WHAT IS THE NEXT CHAPTER OF ENERGY
PRODUCTION IN BUILDINGS?
Our design for The Extreme Light Infrastructure Beamlines
project on the outskirts of Prague, which in 2017, will fire the
most powerful laser in the world, is primarily exploring future
laser use in medical research. However the same intensity of
this particular laser is also being considered as part of a future
programme, known as HiPER that will replicate the National
Ignition Facility in California and, one day, will create fusion
to drive turbines for energy production. This, in tandem with
Renewable Energy solutions and education of the population
on energy consumption, will go a long way to ensuring survival on our home – planet Earth.
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