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Popular culture’s awareness of environmental issues is growing due to the momentum of an established movement. There are several issues that are gaining popularity more rapidly than others within society, the most known of these being; ‘green’ building, carbon emissions, energy efficiency, and hybrid/alternative fuel automobiles. The level of sustainability implemented within a building project or a business is directly proportional to the level of commitment the individuals have for environmental concerns.
The approach for Eternal Wave will evaluate four areas within the prototype; food, operations, products, and building. For greening the operation of the business, strategies consist of air quality, waste disposal, products, and food. Greening the building envelope will be achieved by enhancing the efficiencies of a number of systems including lighting, water, and plantings ultimately effecting total energy use. The Eternal Wave is committed to a high level of sustainability in its design and operation.
There are three distinct components to the prototype:
roof, ribbon, and ground.
Each one has their own informative logic that has shaped them into an articulate form.
The roof system utilizes a solar chimney that combines with the ribbon in specific areas to create air circulation. It also maximizes usable area for green roof and incorporates clearstory areas for daylighting.
The ribbon travels through the building creating the different areas of program and linking them together into a single idea, rather than a building with three distinct and separate programmatic aspects. It converges with the ground plane in areas creating furniture, walls, and other building elements.
Blurring the definitive separation between the inside and the outside, the patio area creates an inviting dining experience for customers to enter into the building at their leisure and allows the ground plane to flow to the interior further linking the interior to the exterior. The expansive opening also works in accordance with the ribbon system to allow for natural flow air deep within the building.