Shading Systems are one of the most effective energy saving passive design measures in Southern California. The building produces a lot of heat from all the equipment and the exterior wall surface which is exposed to the constant radiation of the sun. Instead of spending money for the mechanical cooling system the proposal suggests a onetime investment in secondary passive shading system that can react to different weather conditions and user preferences. Sensors installed inside and on the outside of the building measure the temperature and the metal cladding opens and closes accordingly.
The lotus leaf has the amazing property of self-cleaning through its superhydrophobic micro-nanostructured surfaces. The self-cleaning phenomenon was first discovered by Dettre and Johnson in 1964. In 1977 superhydrophobic micro-nanostructured surfaces were studied by Barthlott and Ehler. Today we have paints that perform in a similar way when applied to surfaces.
The metal shutter leaves are coated with Lotusan, which has proven to self clean its surface.
Project: LARCHMOND LOTUS
Project Manager: Judith K. Mussel
Project Designer & Architect: Judith K. Mussel
Design Team: Seung Chul Song, Gunther Schatz, Mona Marbach
Consultant: Eyal Nir ParaCloud GEM
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XP& A (Expand Architecture)
The firm is based in California, USA with offices in San Francisco and Los Angeles. XP& Architecture delivers architectural design solutions that are based on 15 years of experience in the practice, great management and follow through.
Founded in 2006 XP& Architecture is dedicated to cultural ecologies, creating environments that enhance the cultural landscape with advanced technology in design and construction.