Design and search for a clear house / space
Photographs: Kuo-Min Lee
Ryan Kuo, Clearspace Design and Research
Text description provided by the architects. This building is an old factory over 50 years old. With the exception of the structural columns, we demolished and retained some brick walls, and reconstructed the building and interior design. A house is a workspace. We hope people will feel at home – warm and safe. This helps to build a close relationship between people and the environment. The appearance of the sloping roof is like a house. It is a concept that extends from home to the workplace. Work can be like a home where people can form close relationships.
This work combines green building, smart building, urban farmland, and energy efficient design to create a landscape that can share resources and design, creating a circular and sustainable ecology. He revived the community’s co-creation activities and made the outdoors a recognizable natural landscape.
The paddy field is a souvenir from the south of the Yangtze River. The small farm which in front of the building makes a happy and harmonious space for the employees. When the Chinese solar terms fall, all employees and community members will come together to harvest, just like the memory of the hometown. It feels like home in the workplace. So we will never be far from home.
New bricks have to be made like old bricks to be fused together, and they will not be placed here as a new thing. The red brick walls testify to a traditional and picturesque Chinese atmosphere. On the outside of the old red brick wall, the architect decided to build a new layer of the red brick wall. The middle of the two red brick walls remains hollow. The air in the middle isolates the external thermal conduction and forms an effective insulation for the benefit of the building.
Three main attractions: comfort, energy, the environment.
Comfort – Thanks to German GANEKER technology, the west side wall has been preserved to preserve the interaction between exterior and interior. It not only blocks the conduction of air and radiant heat, but also adds a smart touch to a traditional design. The windows are from VELUX from Denmark. They combined with the blinds to separate the dazzling daylight. The fresh air and the landscape are central to the surrounding design. Windows help us achieve this goal. Daylight is the main design feature of this building. It not only uses facade windows, but also skylights in the atriums, which improve the daylight environment in the interior area. The curtain wall to the east maximized the daylight level of the office area. The average daylight factor is greater than 4.2%.
Energy – As calculated, the building’s energy consumption is expected to reach 43 kWh / m2a for cooling, heating, ventilation, plumbing and lighting per year.
Environment – This building is being renovated according to the 3R principle (Reduce, Reuse and Recycle). Use environmentally friendly materials. Recycled materials, such as steel frame load-bearing structures, metal roof, glazed curtain walls are used in the project. Environmentally friendly materials, for example, include FSC wood, GAINKER building resins, low VOC paint, etc.