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Design & Architecture

Double-layered Breathing Curtain Wall

The double-layered breathing curtain wall features excellent insulation, solar-shading capacity, sound insulation and natural ventilation. It creates a tranquil and highly comfortable space to the keep the residents inside from the clamors outside. A corridor buffer zone exists between the two layers of the curtain wall, with air supply and exhuast systems located at the top and bottom. This system works like human lungs.

It introduces natural air ventilation for the building. In-between the two layers of the curtain wall locate a vertical solar-shading system tailor-made for this project - a revolving side-closing louver system. With great flexibility for adjustments, the system can meet the residents' diverse needs for the daylight. In summer, it can reflect the sunlight, absorb 97% of the heat generated by the solar radiation, and take the heat away through the natural ventilation. In winter, the double-layered curtain wall can provide excellent heat insulation and save over 45% energy consumption needed for heating.

In the meantime, the double-layered curtain wall delivers effective sound insulation from various sound sources and provides a much better sound environment for the residents. The system can also fully utilize the solar energy, increase the effectiveness for energy-saving and environment protection, and turn everyday living into an enjoyable and royal experience for high technologies.

The first to adopt the double-layered breathing curtain wall is the headquarter building of RWE, the biggest energy and power corporation in Germany. By adopting the double-layered curtain wall, RWE conveys to the world its dedication to environmental protection, and shows the inventive integration of the building industry and the high-technologies, thus reshaping the creative image of architecture design.

The Water Source Heat-Pump

This heat pump uses the 100-meter deep underground water. It will consume 30% less electricity than the air-source heat pump, and 70% less electricity than the electricity heating. According to an estimate by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the United States, a properly-designed and installed water-source heat pump can save the consumers 30-40% air-conditioning fees.

The Steel Structure

Usually used only for large-scale public buildings. It can increase the efficiency by 5%. Compared with the commonly used reinforced-concrete structure for residential buildings, the steel structure features better resistance to earthquakes. But steel structure is rarely used for residnetial buildings due to the higher costs and stricter requirements for construction allowances. Steel structure porvides 5% higher efficiency than the reinforced-concrete structure, thus increasing the actual usable areas for the residents.

The steel-frame structure features steel-tube concrete columns and composite floor structure of closed-profile metal decks with 110mm-thick concrete topping, which provides very good sound insulation. Steel-frame structure does not have irremovable shear walls. Therefore the rooms have more flexibility to be reshaped and rearranged to realize endless creativity.


Architects


Professor Meinhard von Gerken

Professor Meinhard von Gerkan is a famous professional German architect and city planner who, along with Mr. Volkin Marg, founded gmp Architecture Company in 1965. Under the leadership of Professor von Gerkan, gmp has become the biggest architecture firm in Germany with a high reputation in Europe and the rest of the world. According to a UK ranking of the top 500 architecture firms, in January 2002, according to work output, it is ranked number 11. gmp has been nominated for a total of 330 architectural awards, 130 of which they have won.

Robert Bilkey & Oscar Llins

Mr. Robert Bilkey and Mr. Oscar Llinas are famous world-clas architects with their originality in hotel design. Their style is well-known for its elegance and luxury. Nine out of eleven branches of the Grand Hyatt Hotel all in the world were planned and led by Mr. Bilkey and Mr. Llinas, who won high praise for their excellent work and cutting-edge design concepts. In 1989, they founded Bilkey Llinas Design Company in the United States. With the architectural expertise and interior design talent, the firm has grown tremendously in the last decade and has become a truly world-class interior design group.

Hu Bing

Mr. Hu Bing aligns with famous architect Mr. Frank Lloyd Wright, applies heavily the concept of "organic construction" with modifications matching the personality and lifestyle. His design philosophy recognizes that every architectural structure has its own personality and that every physical location, as well as homeowner, carries its own special characteristic. Mr. Hu has won the top prize in luxury residence design for three consecutive years in the U.S. He has become an influential designer in American high society.

Christoph Korner, Lars Kruckeberg & Wolfram Putz

Mr. Christoph Korner, Mr. Lars Kruckeberg and Mr. Wolfram Putz are famous German architects residing in America. Their new architectural approach maps out a new future stripped of regional locality through intimate interaction between cultures and architectural aesthetics. Their design is bold in style, which are avant-garde and trend-setting in American and Europe, and loved by Hollywood celebrities as iconic. In Janurary 1998, the three architects founded their company GRAFT in Los Angeles. GRAFT has established offices in Los Angeles and Berlin.

Liu Chang

Mr. Liu Chang is a famous scholar of Classical Chinese architecture and a lecturer at the Architecture School of Tsinghua University, Beijing. He has partcipated in the restoration and maintenance projects of the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace and other monumental sites.


Interior Design Company

Ministry of Design

Ministry Of Design as a comprehensive practice examples in space design, intentionally blurring the boundaries between the internal space and the external form of the level of knowledge and meaning levels. Ministry Of Design designed to take care of the potential limitations of these features of our design process, and to stand out in the atmosphere of a "studio-style" democracy has been perfect unity in terms of form, place, object and space. Due to its avant-garde design in hotels, business and residential, Ministry Of Design in the international award-winning. Which has twice in the 2007 Commercial Space Design Competition internationally renowned Golden Key award in the 2007 International Interior Design Competition award, the highest level of design awards in Singapore - 2006 Presidential Design Competition in the first place; five times in the 2006 Singapore Interior Design Alliance outstanding Design Grand Prix award-winning, global exhibition in 2006, won the Conde Nast Traveller magazine's 60 best New Hotel award. In addition, the Ministry Of Design Design Case also often seen in the international design magazine "Wallpaper" and "Surface".

Design Director

Colin Seah

"I have always believed that the strength of the space conversion - from the mundane to the extraordinary, day by day towards excellence. Task elements through redefined and sublimated space, to create space, close to its core - to me, and perceivedThis is the essence." After building training in the United States, Colin put all his experience he like Rem Koolhaas, (CCTV, the Seattle Library and Prada Epicenter), Daniel Libeskind (Ground Zero), and spent four years in the building of the National University of Singapore Department of study design pedagogy, and a lot of design criticism. As founder and design director of the design department, Colin won the inaugural President's Design Award in 2006, and the following year, as a "great potential emerging architect" was nominated for the Marcus Foundation Award international arena + Louis Vuitton black collar man of the year.

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