TECHNOLOGY CENTER

CYPRUS

Technology Center, approximately 16.000m2, houses many engineering faculties since completed in 2018. Located in the campus, the faculty being three stories has two internal courtyards. Classrooms and labratories are strategically located between interenal couryard, where facade with controllable facade openings (with high level of automation system) and architectural chimneys (ventilation shafts) located opposite side of the rooms along the cooridor. This architectural cross-section allows  to generate natural cross ventilation. Enabling study rooms to be conditioned passively, helping in energy saving and sustainability. Each facade has diff erent and unique strategies corresponding to the direction and the need. Buildings south facade being angled to maximise solar gain which is fully cladded with Photovoltaic panels (BIPV).
North facade, not receiving any direct light, is cladded with all glass allowing natural light while giving x-ray eff ect. West and East louvered facades openings angled towards North to get protected from Southern light.
Timeline
2015 – 2018
Status
Completed
Location
Nicosia, Cyprus
Client
Cyprus
International University
Typology
Engineering Faculty
Project Area
16 408 m2
Total floor surface
16 408 m2
Total plot size
16 408 m2
Architectural design of the Technology Center emhasizes the rational/smart beauty of machine aesthetics by exposing all engineering tectonics. With its dynamic architectural and engineering composition/order, this building celebrates how diff erent disciplines complements by co-existence/collaborating. To bring the best in each other creating a manmade environment for users comfort while off ering an alternative perspective. Technology Center, being a green building, generates energy with photovoltaic panels for it’s use and supplies rest for campus grid, taking advantage of Cyprus sunny climate. Climatic performance of the building has been designed and control by taking enviroment context into consideration: solar fl ux/ ratiation, wind, enviromental tempered conditions…etc. Passively operated system like large quantities of outside air can be used to ventilate the internal spaces during both day and night from their local facades. Generally, the building performs quite well passively during these times of the year, neither the ground ducts nor the cooling system need to run. The facade openings provide variable quantities of fresh air depending on the requirements of the space. Facade openings are generally left open at night to pre-cool the fabric.

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