The Jewel Case

"To be an expert on space — what does that mean? What is needed is spatial imagination, an ability to think, sketch, and ommunicate in three dimensions, to juggle mentally with things in space, imposing an order which will satisfy a number of partly conflicting desiderata which range from well defined physical functions to the complicated reactions to space, form, light, and texture. The pos- sible solutions are many, and to find a re- ally good one may be difficult, but when it is found, it makes all the difference."        - Ove Arup

   The driving concept of our industrial loft design is to suspend three concrete boxes within a steel space frame. The concrete trombe walls actively store solar gain during colder months and water pipes recycle the energy into the HVAC. Solar shading adjust as needed to shade the trombe walls. By consol- idating mechanical systems into one large penthouse on the roof, distribution is simple. Two vertical cores distribute HVAC to plenum underfloor distribution to each loft. The South façade uses dynamic solar shades to maximize wintertime solar gain, where the sun’s altitude is 25.9o and 71.2o during summer. These aluminum shades will shade the wall during summertime’s high solar gain angles. Insulated glazing that sandwich the aluminum shades will actively and automatically respond to daily tempera- ture demands.
   The 70’Dx280’Wx116’H building axis situates East-West, exposing the major- ity of the building’s façade Southward. The North façade is a standard window wall, maximizing diffuse Northern day- light. All interior concrete walls are load bearing, with small narrow punch glaz- ing on the South and glazing of varying widths on the North.
   The East and West exterior walls cap the structure and provide shear lateral bracing. Freight elevators, restrooms, and mechanical rooms engage the interior of the Trombe wall and distrib- ute HVAC cooled air to interior space through a raised floor system.
   The ground floor is used for stores, schools, and other public programming. There are four lofts per floor on floors 2-6. On the 7th floor, steel tube truss sys- tem of undulating pitched roof sections meet with the trombe walls at 4’ height, allowing for clerestory light.
   We estimate 1.8M BTU/hr will be required during average winter tempera- tures and 500,000 BTU/hr during summer.

Spring 2014
Mentor: David Wallance, Seth Wolfe
Collaborators: Paul Graves, Jonathan Yang