Abu Dhabi, UAE
This project, for Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, stems from questioning the ideas of integration and constancy within contemporary architecture. By creating a constant conditioned space and acting as an enclosure between the harsh turbulent exterior environment and a secure conditioned space, architecture creates the concept of what is inside and what is outside. Conditioning within these spaces is typically artificially regulated and unchanging, and meant to go unnoticed. This project attempts to flip these relationships by separating elements of a building and embracing turbulence.
With the realization that, within the climate of Abu Dhabi, passive cooling is not sufficient to cool an entire building, the project attempts to identify the spaces within a building which possess a lower energy load. With this lower load, these spaces can be pulled from the conditioned space and passively cooled. The way in which this passive cooling is conceived is through, not a continuous conditioned experience, but by allowing the turbulent elements normally thought of as undesirable and therefore kept exterior, to penetrate the building and supplement vertical courtyard space. Specifically, the technology employed is an evaporative cooling system which uses a redirection of wind currents in conjunction with the collection of condensation, or “sweat”, produced as a result of the high humidity and high temperature of the area.