Beauty in Zero
How the new net-zero energy building at the National University of Singapore sets about (re)connecting building performance with architectural quality.
There is a myth that Green design is at odds with architectural quality, premised on the belief that building performance can be delivered independently of architectural form. This can be traced back to the 50s and 60s with the advent of air-conditioning in Asia. There was some pushback in the 70s, triggered by the oil crises, which led to building codes in places like Singapore that sought to limit weakness in envelope design.
Subsequent improvements to the efficiency of cooling systems and envelope glazing, plus a succession of architectural styles and movements, freed architects to imagine forms without worrying too much about daylight and ventilation. By the time the Green movement rolled around in the late 90s, form and energy had become, for the most part, independent discussions, entrusted to different consultants with divergent views on what makes a good building.
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