The alarming heat island effect and climate emergency has raised a pressing issue for architects and introduces the following questions. How does the new generation of architects adjust their design process and thinking to tackle such issues through architecture?
Project Manager David Lee from JJP speaks about the design process of “Giant Global Headquarters” to respond to the issues raised by CommonWealth Magazine during a recent interview.
The interview speaks about site analysis, facade materials, landscape ecology, solar energy, and more. Through a series of well-organized spatial design, balcony positioning, the indent of exterior glass, service core positioning, user behavior, and solar studies, the design not only was able to minimize direct interior sunlight exposure, but it also gave the inhabitants a vast of view outwards with plenty of natural lighting. Most importantly, the placement of programs ensured users would move through space with the most western sun exposure, eliminating the need for exterior shading and further providing sustainable solutions.
Giant global headquarters has a streamlined appearance, echoing the shape of the island of Taiwan on the elevation. Meanwhile, the building shape seeks to reverse the heat island effect, echoing with the uplifting Taiwanese spirit through sustainability design.