Morphosis : San Francisco Federal Building


We here at MNP were actually about to post on this a week or two ago, and realized that its actually already all over the place, and any ninja in the know has already seen it. Then our brother in arms Pheezatron from the green & politricks pages linked us to a new article from our ninjas at Treehugger that we think everyone should check out. I mean, who other than those ninjas would describe a building by saying it looked like a ‘borg cube‘? Damn…

Buildings used to be designed with the climate in mind with big opening windows to the exterior; shading and bris de soliel to the south; shallow working areas to maximize exposure to natural light. Mix the desire to build a green, efficient building with post 9/11 security and you have Thom Mayne’s new San Francisco Federal Building. James Russell of Bloomberg says:

Mayne, principal of Santa Monica-based Morphosis, bracingly applies brute urban-industrial energy to his environmental agenda. The 3-foot-by-8-foot stainless-steel panels, which appear translucent, are supported in front of the all-glass building wall by a metal framework. Functionally, they shade the building from low winter sun, cutting daylight to a comfortable level for office workers.

That’s just one of the ways the building cuts energy use. In total, it’s designed to consume about half the power of a standard office tower — an indication of how building design can help slash emissions of greenhouse gases.


Posted: March 9th, 2007
at 10:49am by orangemenace

Categories: architecture,green arch,featured ninjas,towering pagodas

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