Location:Ho Chi Minh Metropolis, Vietnam
Vietnamese structure agency Tropical House has devised a brand new workplace constructing in Ho Chi Minh Metropolis. The mission, named Premier Workplace, makes use of complicated brick masonry to realize a snug steadiness of pure gentle, shading, and air flow. The brick screens are oriented to deflect daylight and permit shadows to maneuver throughout the ground plate. The greater than 2,000-square-foot constructing rises seven tales and likewise accommodates a basement ground.
As a place to begin for the constructing’s design, the architects appeared to Vietnam’s vernacular structure and that of different tropical climates. Particularly, the practices of conventional Southern Vietnamese brick kilns and the ornately carved brickwork of Central Vietnam’s historic Champa Temples served as a reference for the design.
The facade consists of two layers: a brick display wrapping the outside, with a second layer of aluminum and glass sealing the inside. Segments of the brick display are rotated at a forty five diploma angle to deflect daylight and permit for complicated shadows to maneuver throughout the ground plate. The shade system works in tandem with timber surrounding the workplace, which additionally assist to purify air coming into the construction. These options scale back vitality consumption which might in any other case be spent lighting and cooling the workplace.
Daylight, and its corresponding impact on inside temperature, is managed by the angle of incidence at which it strikes the facade. At a 90 diploma angle, temperature absorption is highest, whereas at decrease angles, much less vitality is absorbed. Operable home windows and doorways enable for good climate to be introduced inside on a nice day.
Because it stands, the constructing receives direct daylight on the North and West elevations. Throughout the summer season months, the angle of incidence may be very excessive. Thus, the brick screens, positioned at 45 diploma angles, shade the construction, whereas additionally lowering temperature absorption by decreasing the angle of incidence.
The workplace constructing’s brick cladding is supported by structural concrete. The inside is bisected by an open cavity which rises the total peak of the constructing. Workplace house is on one facet of the cavity, whereas the opposite accommodates the constructing’s circulatory organs—stairs and elevators—in addition to space for storing and restrooms. On every ground a walkway crosses the central void.
Different methods, such because the central cavity, and perforations within the brick display, additionally contribute to temperature management throughout the house. The partitions lining the cavity act as a pure heatsink for the constructing. The atrium additionally spreads oblique daylight throughout the workplace house. By sacrificing a few of the constructing’s usable space, the cavity permits for the creation of a air flow duct which pressurizes airflow to forestall stagnation.
The designers supposed for the cavity to disrupt the monotony and claustrophobia which usually defines workplace work. Nguyen Le, cofounder of Tropical House, advised AN, the “with the middle void by the principle elevator, we wished to create a small clean of time and house between actions, in order that this void will grow to be a buffer zone… for occupants within the constructing.”
To coordinate the set up of the brick screens, the architects labored carefully with native masons and the development workforce. The design of Premier Workplace, significantly its perforated brick facade, is paying homage to the agency’s beforehand accomplished tasks in Vietnam.
4 sorts of baked brick have been used to assemble the constructing’s facade. Le advised AN that the bricks have been sorted in accordance with a number of standards, together with hardness and worth, to imagine particular positions and fulfill explicit capabilities. Supply charges and emissions have been reduce down by sourcing the brick from native producers inside a 20 mile radius of Ho Chi Minh Metropolis.
The development course of was briefly halted as a result of Covid-19 pandemic. Throughout Ho Chi Minh Metropolis’s preliminary quarantine mandate, a few of the builders have been pressured to isolate throughout the constructing. In line with Le, neighbors supplied the employees with meals and water throughout this era.