Mentoring the GUtech Art Club Team to Build an Eco-Friendly Club House on Campus
Case 4: Art Club
The GUtech Art Club is a student initiative that aims at providing a platform for creating and presenting art on campus. The university provided the group with a used 40-feet overseas container that is placed on an empty spot in the workshop area of the campus. A group of third year architecture students - all are also members of the Art Club - takes on the task to design the Art Club "in the spirit of the EcoHaus" and is mentored by the team leader.
Since the overseas container only has limited indoor space, the main idea is to integrate as much outdoor space into the plan as possible. The design is therefore driven by passive design strategies in order to create shaded outdoor areas for workshops and exhibitions and to protect the container from direct sunlight. Further, the intention is to use natural and local materials such as compressed earth blocks (CEB) and 'barasti' (palm leaves) and to provide the electricity for mechanical cooling of the container through on-site photovoltaic panels.
The means to create the space for this aim are twofold: a large hanging roof that spans over the container as well as heavy earthen walls that hold the roof in place (Figure 7). The space under the roof is spacious and neutral, while the spaces between the curving walls are unique and allow for retreating, working, discussing or exhibiting sculptures. The photovoltaic panels are mounted in a flat array as a double roof on the container.
The design of the art club will serve as an example for the consequential application of passive design strategies to create low-tech, cost-effective spaces that provide comfort in the hot local climate.
The Art Club design, 2018
Team: Ammar Al Kiyumi, Shaima Al Jahwari, Mohammed Al Rashdi, Khalid Al Lawati, Ghaida Al Jamalani; mentored by Prof. Nikolaus Knebel