LAVA’s design proposal focused on the delivery of three key issues:
Performance: to demonstrate the use and benefits of sustainable technology in a modern, dynamic, iconic architectural environment; activation: to activate or operate the sustainable technology in accordance with the functional needs of this environment, 24 hours a day, and 365 days of the year; and interaction: to encourage and stimulate a social dynamic where the life, values, ideals, and vision of the population of Masdar evolve.
The following environmental and engineering design concepts will minimize energy consumptions:
– Radiant surfaces
– Air movement that supplements natural wind patterns
– Evaporating cooling mist
– Thermal mass and PCM
– Slab cooling and Luna Panels
– Shading of external facades surrounding the Plaza
Some other key innovations include:
– Building façade angles that can be altered to offset or optimize solar glare.
– Materials on wall surfaces respond to changing temperatures and contain minimal embedded energy.
– Water features can be stored underground during the day and at night trickle or flow strongly, triggered by passersby.
– Interactive light poles, inspired by the oasis fire, transform the plaza into a 3-dimensional interactive media installation.
– Interactive heat sensitive technology activates lightning in response to pedestrian traffic and mobile phone usage.
– Roof gardens integrate food production, energy generation, water efficiency and the reuse of organic food waste.