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Work has started on two earth-sheltered buildings in Mile End Park

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Work has started on two earth-sheltered buildings in Mile End Park, East London by the park's masterplanner Tibbalds tm2. The buildings' 550m2 concrete shells will be covered with earth and soft and hard landscaping with cycle- and footpaths crossing their roofs (right) and will house an arts centre and an ecology centre. The south-west facing facades are screened with deciduous creepers. The architects claim that the use of a heat sink to store summer heat means that after 18 months the building will require no more heat than a domestic gas boiler provides.

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