Tel Aviv University Nanoscience Centre
Elemental proposal for International Architectural Design Competition for the New Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Center at Tel Aviv University.
Architecture acts as a neutral container stim- ulating knowledge exchange without creating any disruptions to the rhythm of everyday life. Informal areas in the separation between the ‘machine’ itself and its protective skin help pro- tecting the laboratories and allow visitors and staff to see the ‘machine’ in operation. A com- pact and clear layout optimizes the interplay of different functions in the building. Use of sand- stone on the facade hints at ancient traditions of construction typical for this region.
-composite solution with a reinforced concrete envelope stabilized by central concrete cores and shear walls;
— flat reinforced concrete slabs with no beams underneath;
— steel truss spans across the cleanroom and providing the support for concrete slabs on Level 1 and 2;
— the walls of the truss create the walls of the Level 1 laboratories;
— use of materials rather than products, all locally sourced.
— linear pads linked by the monolithic ground slab;
— all foundations jointly activated to distribute and dissipate horizontal forces from wind and seismic activity.
— naturally shaded, with insulated glass ele- ments;
— modular natural stone cover, insulated and fixed to load bearing concrete structure.
Cleanroom and Laboratories
— cleanroom as an entirely column
— visual connection with the visitors centre.
Engineering and Sustainability
A three-step methodology for analysing and improving energy usage is proposed:
— minimize energy needs,
— optimize technology
— use renewable resources.
It is accompanied by a sustainability strategy for the use of materials and water. Use of pas- sive means and the advantages of local climate will contribute to the higher performance of the laboratories.