Tel Aviv University Nanoscience Centre

Elemental proposal for International Architectural Design Competition for the New Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Center at Tel Aviv University.

ELEMENTAL - Alejandro Aravena · Tel Aviv University Nanoscience Centre
ELEMENTAL - Alejandro Aravena

Concept

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.

ELEMENTAL - Alejandro Aravena · Tel Aviv University Nanoscience Centre
ELEMENTAL - Alejandro Aravena

Construction Solutions

Structure

-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.

ELEMENTAL - Alejandro Aravena · Tel Aviv University Nanoscience Centre
ELEMENTAL - Alejandro Aravena

Foundation

— linear pads linked by the monolithic ground slab;

— all foundations jointly activated to distribute and dissipate horizontal forces from wind and seismic activity.

ELEMENTAL - Alejandro Aravena · Tel Aviv University Nanoscience Centre
ELEMENTAL - Alejandro Aravena

Facade

— naturally shaded, with insulated glass ele- ments;

— modular natural stone cover, insulated and fixed to load bearing concrete structure.

ELEMENTAL - Alejandro Aravena · Tel Aviv University Nanoscience Centre
ELEMENTAL - Alejandro Aravena

Cleanroom and Laboratories

— cleanroom as an entirely column

-free space,

— visual connection with the visitors centre.

ELEMENTAL - Alejandro Aravena · Tel Aviv University Nanoscience Centre
ELEMENTAL - Alejandro Aravena

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.

ELEMENTAL - Alejandro Aravena · Tel Aviv University Nanoscience Centre
ELEMENTAL - Alejandro Aravena

ELEMENTAL - Alejandro Aravena · Tel Aviv University Nanoscience Centre
ELEMENTAL - Alejandro Aravena
ELEMENTAL - Alejandro Aravena · Tel Aviv University Nanoscience Centre
ELEMENTAL - Alejandro Aravena
ELEMENTAL - Alejandro Aravena · Tel Aviv University Nanoscience Centre
ELEMENTAL - Alejandro Aravena
ELEMENTAL - Alejandro Aravena · Tel Aviv University Nanoscience Centre
ELEMENTAL - Alejandro Aravena
ELEMENTAL - Alejandro Aravena · Tel Aviv University Nanoscience Centre
ELEMENTAL - Alejandro Aravena
ELEMENTAL - Alejandro Aravena · Tel Aviv University Nanoscience Centre
ELEMENTAL - Alejandro Aravena
ELEMENTAL - Alejandro Aravena · Tel Aviv University Nanoscience Centre
ELEMENTAL - Alejandro Aravena
ELEMENTAL - Alejandro Aravena · Tel Aviv University Nanoscience Centre
ELEMENTAL - Alejandro Aravena
ELEMENTAL - Alejandro Aravena · Tel Aviv University Nanoscience Centre
ELEMENTAL - Alejandro Aravena
ELEMENTAL - Alejandro Aravena · Tel Aviv University Nanoscience Centre
ELEMENTAL - Alejandro Aravena
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