ASYA Design’s office headquarters is intended to be a one-stop-shop for the green building market in the Philippines, thus devoting an entire floor to tenants retailing green and sustainable products. The building adapts a “core and shell” concept in its design – a simple but direct approach that brings many advantages such as maximizing space, intact core, easy access routes, maximizing daylight and conservation of resources.
The façade serves as a statement in itself, with the coral-like podium and bubbles as windows, reminding people of the rich biodiversity of coral reefs: self-sustaining and ever resilient to the changing environment. While the “bubbles” or gradating circular windows faces the warmer angles of the sun for more coverage and less heat entering the building.
The building makes use of resources that are abundant in its natural forms like the wind, rain and sun – all of which are accessible to mankind at no cost. Proper building orientation allows the building to maximize passive cooling by harnessing wind passing through its open podium. Ice-based thermal energy is used to power the air conditioning system where ice is created in the evening (at a lesser cost) to cool the building during the day. The building also features energy efficient LED lighting which is used only when artificial illumination is needed at night and a water filtration tank system which filters recycled rainwater before it will be utilized by its users ensuring a cleaner and safe non-potable water supply.
Name of Project : A Place Building
Developer : Cerwin ASYA Development Corp.
Number of Floors : Twelve (12)
Location : Coral Way, Mall of Asia Complex, CBP-1A, Pasay City, Philippines
Sustainable Building Awards UK Build Magazine
Winner for Healthy Places Awards for Commecial Office Category Urban Land Institure Healthy Places Award 2016
Best Sustainable Architectural Firm 2016
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