Sustainable Architecture

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The versatility of incorporating passive design and architecture has recently been a topic much discussed in the construction industry. With passive design strategies taking advantage of the climate and context in order to improve the wellbeing of both user and nature alike, it is obvious why sustainable architecture is growing in usage in this modern day and age. An outstanding example of passive design is that of natural ventilation and lighting systems, which extensively uses the building site context in order to create a unique co-existence between nature and architecture. In order to further explore the various purposes of these systems, literature reviews on the general functionality on natural ventilation and day-lighting are used.…show more content…
In the case of Belum Rainforest Resort, the fact that it self-identifies as an ecotourism complex leaves little room to translate its main design intention. As with other eco-friendly architecture, the resort aims to integrate the structural and aesthetical values of architecture along with a sense of appreciation and care for the surrounding environments. Based on an overview of the key architectural language in use, it is clear that a significant amount of emphasis is put on keeping the natural beauty of the site as it is. Therefore the architecture itself is built within nature, where it is vital for it to implement systems which safeguards the environment from external damage such as pollution. Extra care has to be taken also to reduce the need to alter the natural site, through a very context-based design where the structures are built around the trees and contour, instead of on…show more content…
In large complexes such as a resort, spatial planning plays an important role in determining how comfortable or easy it is for a user or visitor to get around the complex. A spatial layout may be unique to site like in the case of Belum Rainforest Resort, but at the same time has to be straightforward so that users unfamiliar with the complex will be able to travel around it without getting lost. The spatial planning system in Belum Rainforest Resort happens to be a clustered spatial layout, where spaces are divided into smaller structures and laid out with regards to context, importance of spaces, and significances of functions and aesthetics. With regards to the paper topic, the spatial arrangement of Belum Rainforest Resort plays a role in both its natural ventilation and day-lighting systems. When touching the issue of natural ventilation, a clustered spatial arrangement contributes to increasing the amount of wind flow throughout the resort complex. The absence of large, obstructing buildings provide multiple pathways for wind to travel, called wind tunnels. This then provides better air circulation where stagnant air is removed from the complex and replaced with fresh

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