Reinvigorating aged buildings with natural ventilation, temperature control and sunlight.
If one of the main motivators of the New Academic Street design is to open up and reinvigorate aged buildings using laneways, lightwells, balconies, terraces and new street entrances, then almost as equally important is to make inhabiting them comfortable from a physical and psychological point of view as well . This balancing act has been achieved here with the upscaling of natural ventilation, temperature control and sunlight. Most of level 4 with its terraces, has natural ventilation.
Expansive windows, skylights and sheaths such as stainless-steel mesh capture sunlight. There are external café-style gas heaters and – at the other end of the spectrum in the Garden building – the use of misting technologies, whereby small fine sprays of air moisten any dryness and take the edge off heat.
Across the new precinct is ‘mixed-mode’ conditioning to reduce energy use of the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems. Façade louvers and windows will open automatically to allow natural ventilation of the space and the HVAC systems will switch off and switch back on when the temperature falls. Entry doors are also designed to revolve in cold weather and open-up to maximise airflow when the weather is milder.