Type: Individual Academic Work
Project: Social Ideas Exchange Center
Location: Sandusky, OH
Date: Oct. 2014
Adaptive reuse is the theme of this project, which driven by sustainable design, aims to instill a newfound sense of identity and value into one of the many leftover townhouse buildings in Sandusky, Ohio, in the form of a new idea exchange center for young artists and innovators.
Through the study of urban planning and the evaluate the value of existing buildings, three individual townhouses were selected to be renovated. Considering the budget and feasibility, this proposal preserves the historical façade which facing downtown Sandusky, load-bearing walls and the main wooden structure and wooden roofs, focus on reforming the plane, other facades, and roofs. By connecting floor of three different buildings horizontally, and pushing back floor slab from the façade 15ft, creating a trip-high atrium. This atrium connects with double-envelope and winter roof garden, acts as a climate buffer to response the temperature difference between day and night, and to increase the performance of energy consumption of the building.