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What effect does the energy performance have on architecture? If we reversed the roles: from the constraints, the energy performance becomes the consequence of an adequate architecture? And if we were finally concerned about the most important material of architecture: our "atmosphere"?
With this project, we have grasped the snippets of what could be a revolution in the way of designing architecture. Parametric design is not only a fashionable tool, it has allowed us to grasp this invisible and yet vital dimension of architecture.
Indeed, we do not occupy the "solid", the "full" but the air, the atmosphere they house. Erroneouly described as 'empty', this air has a weight, a temperature, a speed, a luminous intensity, an odor, a degree of humidity, pollution ... almost elusive and, therefore, complex to draw and design. More than a performance to reach, this building has been for us discoveries of the reverse of architecture.
Kinshasa is learning another climate.
To create comfortable indoor environments, we worked on materials, shapes and performance to achieve minimal energy consumption, little or no air conditioning, and reinstate the primacy of the material on the technique and systems.
Kinshasa is approaching another light.
It has significant impacts on comfort and overheating. These constraints were the opportunity to embark on parametric design software in order to adjust the subjective choices to the desired performances. Algorithm sets become tangible tools of design.
Kinshasa means understanding other constructive ways.
Here, the transcription into the real of the virtuality of the image is not the only issue, the availability of local materials and skills has guided the design.
The concern for energy has been only a small door to enter a much larger area.
The project of the Kinshasa embassy allowed us to take into consideration the most important material of a construction: its atmosphere.