(RE) CONFIGURED-ASSEMBLAGE // Architecture
(RE)Configured-Assemblage challenges the visceral and abundantly urbanized City of Long Beach /Long Beach Blvd Area that sustainably feeds itself through both land and sun.
Through building a new and innovative infrastructural system that feeds into the “connectors”, each layer of program interlocks and intersects each other, by regenerating new energy and systematically advances a continued developmental
and renewed energy which each path brings.
Sustainable Strategy / Feasibility Concept:
The Unrolled/Reconfigured Container Skin is a secondary skin made entirely from excess and unfolded containers, and compensates for the Southern California climate. This layer acts to protect the interior containers from extensive solar heat gain. The secondary skin saves on cooling compensation measures like HVAC systems or expensive insulation materials, while offering an in-between. Additionally, the secondary skin and internal containers mediates as a threshold for natural ventilation that exhausts the remaining excessive heat gain.
Alternately, the Intelligent Daylight Façade development of (RE)Configured- Assemblage, through the arrangement of an “O” ring plan typology, offers both adaptive space planning (creating ad-hoc creative and dynamic spaces for exhibition and open-use), and spacious circulation from the East and West wings of the building. The technology of the façade, designed with sequential openings of the corrugated container skin and Bio-Glass elements, provides punctures for additional ventilation and solar louvers which provides sufficient daylight for its occupants on higher level floors.
Understanding that in Southern California many indoor tasks can be performed outside, the “O” ring Dynamic Space Controlled Circulation Façade acts dualistically as a threshold and intermediary space, between the core occupiable spaces and circulatory spaces. Through the geometrical manipulation of containers (the vertical pushing or pulling of the containers) against each other, (RE)Configured- Assemblage creates outdoor spaces (balconies) that act as additional space which are utilized by its occupants. Open air areas balconies are also protected for exposure with either the secondary skin or green-roof.
An added touch is the Readapted Containers as furniture/planters, which circulate the edge of the building on the ground floor. These street furniture and planters- designed in three scales of 1ft (glass patches), 3ft (flower planters), 5ft (seating/lighting/shrubbery)- are means to incorporate reconfigured containers as street seating and rest areas for occupants and visitors, while providing street lighting for the building itself.
COLLABORATION: WE-DESIGNS, LLC / XP& Architecture
PROJECT LEAD: Wendy W Fok
DESIGN ARCHITECT: Wendy W Fok
PROJECT ARCHITECT: Judith Mussel
DESIGN TEAM: Ben Vongvanij, Barnett Chaunault, Rolando Lopez
COST ESTIMATOR: Jenny Chow / Judith Mussel
TECHNICAL / ENVIRONMENTAL CONSULTANT: Judith Mussel, LEED AP / Jenny Chow, LEED AP
LOCATION: Long Beach, California, United States
START DATE: March 11, 2011
CURRENT PHASE: Design complete
COST: $525625 USD (Estimated)
SIZE: 10,500 sq. ft
PROJECT TYPE: Mixed-Use Public Space/Gathering Space
LEED ACCREDITATION: PLATINUM
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