[First look] BDP has unveiled these designs for low carbon, sustainable housing in Nanjing, China
The AJ100 giant was appointed to plan the ‘exemplar’ project for regional developer Landsea which specialises in ‘high-tech’ green developments.
The flats feature solar hot water collectors, photovoltaic cells, LED lighting and earth tubes, alongside ‘advanced passive measures’ such as super-insulation and low air leakage – according to the practice.
BDP’s design team made sure the apartments were suitable for housing extended families and also separated living spaces from kitchens where ‘vigorous wok cooking’ takes place.
A statement from the practice explained: ‘The external expression of the building has significant elements that are integral to the green design philosophy.
‘Apartments have full height louvered triple glazing on the balconies to the south east elevation.
‘These balconies offer a changeable and dynamic representation of the passive design philosophy, allowing free flowing natural ventilation via the open louvers or when closed acting as passive solar winter-gardens depending on the seasons
‘Shared double height additional outdoor space for cooking, along with traditional balconies and roof level communal gardens are also provided.
‘At roof level semi-open tai-chi decks are provided beneath sculptural rainwater harvesting collectors to encourage social interaction amongst neighbours.’