Follow up: Green Aspects of SA Contemporary Museum

Cross section MOCAA ©Douglas Calvin Hinkel

As promised, here is the “green” follow-up to the previous blog post about the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art, openng in 2016.  

A special thanks to Jaco Kemp for sending me the following information about the building's green by design philosophy and features.
No one involved in the build environment can ignore the pressing issues of design for living within the natural capacity of the planet. Within this truth and echoing the vision of the architect to retain and honor the historic fabric and soul of the building lies one of the key sustainability features of this project.
On many projects operational efficiency is a paramount sustainability consideration. Design teams pursue zero carbon design without looking at the embodied environmental impact of the materials being used. First price must therefore be re-using an un-used structure while still maintaining the same level of operational efficiency that a new building would have provided. Furthermore all structure taken out within the building will be crushed and as far as possible re-used on various other projects in the precinct.
The thick exposed concrete structure will also aid operational energy efficiency by allowing the atrium space to be naturally ventilated while still maintaining comfortable temperatures within the space during hot summer days. The atrium will bring natural daylight deep into the space enhancing the indoor environmental quality that patrons will experience.  
Detailed energy analysis was carried out to establish any additional façade requirements such as the amount of insulation and the glazing performance. The air conditioning system will utilise the planned central sea water cooling plant. This plant will offer a substantial reduction in the precincts energy and water consumption.      
The building will use low flow water fittings and fixtures that will further reduce the buildings potable water consumption.      
The MOCCA museum sustainability credentials will add to the precinct’s already lofty achievements started by No1 Silo, the new Allan Gray’s head office, that achieved a 6 star Green Star rating.  
Internationally acclaimed designer Thomas Heatherwick, was the mastermind behind the building’s design that centers around forty-two 33 metre concrete tubes running through the silo’s centre.  
Here are some specifics from the event’s press release:  
The R500-million redevelopment project, announced in November 2013 as a partnership between the V&A Waterfront and Jochen Zeitz will retain and honour the historic fabric and soul of the building while transforming the interior into a unique, cutting-edge space to house the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA). Considered the most extensive and representative collection of contemporary art from Africa, the Zeitz Collection has been gifted in perpetuity to this non-profit institution by ex-Puma CEO and Chairman, Jochen Zeitz.  The collection will be showcased in 9,500m2 of custom-designed space spread over nine floors, of which 6,000 m2 will be dedicated exhibition space. 
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