The overall design of the building implements photovoltaics, xeriscaping, and overhangs to make a comfortable living environment for its residents. The south façade of the building is relatively open to allow the most penetration of solar rays to enter the space thereby creating a comfortable and naturally well lit environment. Overhangs above the windows are designed to allow enough light to penetrate the rooms during the winter months while providing ample shading during the summer. Operable Windows
and folding doors allow ventilation to take place trapping or releasing heat into rooms that either needs to be cooled or heated. Photovoltaics installed on the roof are integrated to store and supply a bit of energy for the complex when necessary. A water wall is also introduced into the center of the building to cool down the building core during hot times. The water walls also serve as a barrier that blurs sound as to detract from the noise levels contributed by passing traffic. Due to the low annual rainfall in the region, it appears reasonable to use xeriscaping in place of lush landscaping. The advantages that xeriscaping provides is the reduction of supplemental irrigation and low maintenance. Furthermore the
plantings are more carefully chosen to be most suited for its surrounding and are more likely to survive through drought-like conditions especially during times when water becomes scarce.
Status: School Project
Location: 4870 LONG BEACH BLVD. LONG BEACH CA 90805