PDEC European Union Project

The application of passive downdraught evaporative cooling to non-domestic building

The European Commission co-funded an international group of architects, engineers and industrial interests for the development of research into the implementation of a direct evaporative cooling system for office buildings in hot areas with low humidity. This resulted in a building with an integrated system of glass towers that combine natural light and cool air distribution.

Type: Research project Joule III
Client: European Commission
Surface area: 5000 m2
Project: Mario Cucinella Architects
Team: Mario Cucinella, Elizabeth Francis, James Tynan, Elisabetta Trezzani, Danilo Vespier, Simona Agabio, Edoardo Badano, Francesco Bombardi
Partners: Brian Ford Architects, University of Malaga (ETSII), De Montfort University UK
Consultants: Peter Heppel Engineer DEGW, OVE ARUP & Partners, Lausanne Polytechnic, Università di Ancona
Structural engineering: TPE Ingegneria

Quantity Surveyor: Davis Langdon Consulting

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