The Buffalo School of Engineering and Applied Sciences was designed by the professional architectural studio, Perkins+Will, in New York. Its remarkable new and sustainable design is daring and intriguing. This new avant-garde concept, characterised by an irregular folded-like structure, all wrapped in copper, aims to mark a new “Front Door” for the School of Engineering. The building is envisioned as a futuristic work, being organized around a multi-story gallery that allows students to circulate easily (by foot) to the campus. The intriguing learning space is vibrant and breezy: the interior is wide and luminous, adapted to the students’ needs. Student can sit, discuss projects or share ideas over a cup of coffee in a a multi-story student lounge.
Like we previously mentioned, the new building was built respecting the lines of the eco-friendly design. Some of the eco features are: “improved building shell insulation, high-performance windows, energy efficient lighting design with occupancy and photo sensor control”. As a consequence, the building seeks to obtain the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold recognition. To wrap all up, the Buffalo School of Engineering and Applied Sciences stands out through both,its design and the impact it has on the environment. Good job and great lesson!
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Value for money is not, and never was, the same as being cheap. Value for money means making the most of whatever budget is available. A good example of this is Hayes Primary School in London, by Hayhurst and Co. Having to contend with a tightly controlled 3 million local authority budget, they worked with the existing structure of the primary school to give it a much needed update. A striking polished stainless steel brise-soleil facade installed at the school’s entrance, gives the school’s many different buildings a sense of identity, while new classrooms have been created in a range of shapes and sizes, and are often flooded with natural light
Energy during the construction process was saved by using FSC-certified glulam timber instead of steel to create the building’s distinctive wavy roof, while the store’s external walls use hemclad, a highly innovative insulator made from hemp, which, like all plants, absorbs CO2 from the atmosphere as it grows. An 80,000 litre water tank below ground provides water for the store’s toilets and waters the site’s green wall’, which provides natural insulation, acts as an all-natural pollution filter near the car park, and helps to encourage biodiversity. The result is a building that uses a fraction of the energy of structures of a similar size, and is still very popular with local shoppers.