A ‘box’ design on the top level provides shading and reduces internal heat.
Thermal modelling and sun path analysis were used to design the glazing on each of the building’s facades. Shaded areas are fitted with glazing that allows high light transmittance, reducing the need for artificial light inside.
In peak sunlight, an invisible solar control coating on glazing minimises the penetration of heat, reducing the need to cool internal spaces.
In summer months, the building cools down at night by drawing in cool night air from outside, and expelling warm internal air – eliminating the need to power up cooling equipment.
When it’s cold out, high performance double glazing uses an invisible insulation coating to limit heat loss from inside the building.
Secure bike storage and shower / changing facilities make cycling to work a convenient option.
Full height glazing on lower floors increases the light levels inside.
A courtyard provides external amenity space and enhances light levels within the building.
Infrared sensors tell the Building Management System how many people are in each zone of the building – allowing it to calculate the ventilation needed and adapt the air conditioning for the number of people present.
Infrared sensors notice when areas are unoccupied, allowing the Building Management System to switch off or reduce lighting accordingly.
Fresh air ducting through central beams ventilates the centre of the building.
Heat from warmer parts of the building is transferred to cooler areas and vice versa, via a recovery heating and cooling system.
Living roofs on four upper levels attract wildlife with native wildflowers and grasses.
Daylight sensors notice the amount of natural light in each zone, allowing the Building Management System to dim or switch off artificial lighting in areas where it’s not needed.
External terraces and courtyard add soul to this future-friendly building, and give creative spaces to think and entertain.