Seoul Skyscraper’s Facade Controls The Climate Inside The Building

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LED lights display gently shifting constellations at night, while adjusting the temperature to save energy.

Ross Brooks
  • 2 may 2014

UNStudio recently unveiled their plans to transform the headquarters of South Korea’s largest conglomerate, Hanwha, into a shining example of sustainable design. The building’s responsive facade will be used to control the indoor climate during the day, and come alive as a dynamic light show during the night. Apart from reducing solar gain, and increasing natural light, the exterior will also be able to generate energy.

The facade’s design is “guided by the surroundings, influenced by nature and driven by the environment,” which means the geometry of the design and the building’s orientation in relation to the sun were all taken into consideration. In place of the previous opaque panelling and dark glass, UNStudio will install insulated glass and aluminum framing to increase the amount of natural light and reduce overall energy consumption.

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