Wednesday, 12 May 2010
Forrest Fulton Architects, based in Alabama, rather than designing yet another towering glass structure, have designed a structure whose form more closely resembled the surrounding hills of Yeravan, located between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea for a new mixed-use development in Armenia. The project is their 2010 Competition Entry for International Business Center with an Intercontinental Hotel in Yerevan.
The entire facade of the hill-shaped building is covered in native plants, which act to absorb heat, filter air and water, and provide habitat to animals and insects, while the entire surface is irrigated with recycled graywater. Lace Hill - as it has been named - was inspired by traditional Armenian lace needlework and makes use of many sustainable building strategies.
The hill development proposal is 85,000 sq meters with retail units and restaurants on the bottom floor, office space on the north side, and a hotel and apartments on the south side, which has great solar access and the best views. Parking and car access is completely underground and the sloping hillside connects to an open space and park to the west of the structure.
Inside, large voids reach up to the ceiling letting in natural light from above and allowing air to move through the structure and provide natural ventilation. Landscaping, trees and ponds help cool the air as it moves through the shady interior.