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Title: Bioclimatic skyscraper - Learning from Bawa
Authors: Kiang, T.B. 
Robson, D. 
Keywords: Bioclimatic
Case study
Design strategies
Environmentally responsive
Issue Date: 2006
Source: Kiang, T.B.,Robson, D. (2006). Bioclimatic skyscraper - Learning from Bawa. PLEA 2006 - 23rd International Conference on Passive and Low Energy Architecture, Conference Proceedings : I753-I757. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: This paper describes what is regarded as having been one of the earliest bioclimatic office buildings designed for natural lighting and ventilation and draws lessons for present practice. The 12-storey State Mortgage Bank Building (now known as Mahaweli Building) in Colombo, Sri Lanka, designed by the late Asian architect Geoffrey Bawa in 1972, incorporated many environmentally responsive design principles long before the buzz words of bioclimatic and sustainable architecture became commonplace. The paper describes the background and context the project was designed for and its design principles and passive energy efficient strategies. It also discusses whether these principles and strategies are still applicable for designing bioclimatic tall office buildings in our time. The authors have interviewed members of the original design team, have collected material from the Bawa archives, have surveyed the current condition and use patterns of the building, have interviewed building users and have constructed a 3D computer model of the building.
Source Title: PLEA 2006 - 23rd International Conference on Passive and Low Energy Architecture, Conference Proceedings
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/45474
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