An innovative envelope system is the most visible of several integrated design strategies for improving the energy performance of the existing building.
The first layer of the dual-skin façade is the enhanced existing building skin, its concrete panels upgraded by the application of a new composite metal skin. This improves the aesthetic while also providing a performative protective layer that mitigates the transmission of solar heat gain into the concrete on the south side. Existing glass is replaced with new high-VLT low-SHG coefficient.
The second skin is a new, steel-framed glass veil – its facets refracting sunlight – that wraps the entire building.
The proposed rooftop atrium addition houses the passive solar chimney technology, driven by the veil and high-efficiency windows.
The dual-skin façade – the upgraded existing skin wrapped in a new performative veil – responds to climatic conditions in relation to building orientation.
The design replaces one out of every four Mo-Sai panels with new high-efficiency, titanium-clad windows.
Our design explores the potential of creating a more meaningful connection between the MetLife Building and its existing urban context, while also maximizing energy performance.Energy Decisions Building Science Research
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