Conceptual Design - Building Context and Passive Design

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Module 4 - Conceptual Design - Building Context & Passive Design
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Veronica Hernandez

Santa Fe is one of Mexico City's major business districts, located in the west part of the city in the alcaldías (boroughs) of Cuajimalpa and Álvaro Obregón. It possesses some of the characteristics that could enhance the beauty behind the initial sketch for the exhibition space: plain terrain, mostly sunny weather, natural surroundings, and architectural building with similar aesthetics to the proposed building (glass facades). For the exact location on google earth, a terrain was chosen within the Santa Fe community and next to the La Mexicana Park. The stretch of land can be seen in the next image with a plane location surrounded by buildings but also nature; the perfect combination for the HUMANITYxNATURE museum.

Santa Fe borough, Mexico City | Taken from: admagazine.com
Santa Fe borough, Mexico City | Taken from: admagazine.com
HUMANITYxNATURE site | Taken from:
HUMANITYxNATURE site | Taken from: Google Earth
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Option 1: Pyramid Scheme - 5 different floors (Grouping for 1st/2nd and 4th/5th)

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Option 2: Pyramid Scheme - 4 different floors (Grouping for 1st/2nd )

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FINAL DECISION

Based on the information found we can analyze that the first building, our final decision, with its widest side facing south and with 5 levels, provides more energy savings, more solar area panels that will allow for payback time to be reduced by half a year (5 years in total vs. 5.5 years) and a similar benchmark and model comparison in relation to the alternative. Since the energy analysis also showed that a change in the orientation of the building could only keep still or increase the price of energy per meter squared, we can conclude that the location of its widest side was satisfactory.