137 Market Street
Originally scheduled for demolition, 137 Market Street was instead remodelled and transformed into a contemporary office building with an emphasis on sustainability.
EXISITNG STRUCTURE AS A RESOURCE
A large part of the old structure was preserved and put to good use to reduce material wastage in construction. The basement to the 10th floor of the existing structure—making up 70 percent of the original building—were retained and preserved. This conserved section makes up nearly 60 percent of the new building in terms of floor area, reducing the need to transport and use up additional new resources, leading also to carbon conservation and savings in embodied energy.
Unlike a typical office building with a monotonous sealed curtain wall façade, the façade for 137 Market Street is made up of bay windows with high-performance, double-glazed, and low-emissivity glass which encourages daylighting while minimising heat gain to the interiors.
The bay windows in this office tower were manipulated through a series of shifting and stacking, forming a staggering effect to create vertical monsoon windows. These are essentially sheltered operable windows that can remain open even in rainy weather.