DESIGN TEAM: CAMIEL WEIJENBERG, EPP JAAGER, SHRUTI SCHAH, MARIEL DREGO
Usage of parametric design tools to generate more energy efficient buildings is the future of architecture. Structures will be generated by advanced parametric software, which allows the optimization of a building and its shape to reflect its specific site and climate. This is the result of an evolution in futuristic architectural language based on the complex analysis of multi-disciplinary factors.
WEIJENBERG designers have studied how to make high-rise buildings more energy efficient by optimizing the orientation of solar panels and the displacement of floor slabs in response to a theoretical site. We created a tower prototype formulated through complex parametric design. The initial building masses were generated through Grasshopper and Rhino, and program add-ons, LadyBug and HoneyBee, were then used to carry out a realistic simulation and environmental analysis on solar radiation. The last step in this complex modelling was to optimise these parameters using an evolutionary solver, Galapagos, which maximises the electricity generated per metre square from the solar panels. At the end of the algorithmic analysis, we generated a building geometry that was both highly energy effective and structurally efficient.
At WEIJENBERG, we aim to contribute to the sustainable architecture movement and promote this to the wider community. By integrating this prototype tower in an urban context, where each tower not only consumes less net energy as an individual unit, but also optimizes neighbouring buildings in its vicinity, this generates a synergy which has considered multiple aspects such as location, built environment, climate and sociocultural context. A sustainable neighbourhood must not only be environmentally sustainable but also socially and economically viable, creating a space where people can enjoy everyday life.