I imagine the exhibition space as a place that shows the evolution of mankind along with nature throughout the years and how we have utilized our resources for improvement. Hence, I want to design a space that incorporates the environment that surrounds us as the base focus of its design while also showcasing new sustainability techniques we have put into place to give back to future generations.
Goal 1: An exhibition space that showcases elements in its design/surroundings
- Measure: Visual assessment
- Minimal Accepted: Non disruptive aesthetics.
- Desired: Incorporation of bold/distinctive elements in harmony with the architectural design.
- Simplistic architecture that contrast with nature, green elements and design (solar panels, vertical gardens, painted structural elements).
- Minimalism by using the smallest range of materials and colors as posible, with very simple shapes and forms in everything but the "bold” elements (bracing systems, etc.).
Goal 2: Incorporation of green areas within the project
- Measure: Green Area Ratio (GAR)
- Minimal Accepted: 1:2 (50%)
- Desired: 1:2.50 (60%)
- Implementing areas of renewable energy generations such as the different solar panels roofs.
- Vegetated walls/planting on vertical elements such as two of the different building facades.
- Water features that utilized at least 50% of recycled water and harvested stormwater irrigation systems.
- Enhanced tree growth systems.
Goal 3: Sustainable elements in its design
- Measure: Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification
- Minimal Accepted: LEED silver with 50 to 59 points in the project's evaluation.
- Desired: LEED Gold evaluation (60-79 points) or LEED Platinum evaluation of 80+ points.
- Use of sustainable and earth friendly materials within the construction like reclaimed wood for terrace and steel for the structural design.
- Enhancement of energy performance with the utilization of LED lighting along with the building.
- Building orientation that allows advantages for lighting and air ventilation.
- Others previously mentioned.