There are other ways of being responsive to a tropical climate than using a traditional pitched roof - so says the designer of this project, a renovation of a graphic design studio. The alternative proposed here draws on the 'sensual elements' of the climate, 'its abundant natural light and rainfall'. The main part of the office is a louvred enclosure - a box formed of timber strips and supported by steel columns arranged in a grid. The louvre starts some three metres from the ground, so the box appears to float. A covering of clear glass protects against rainfall.
Le Bo Ye Graphic Design Presentation Panels. Courtesy of Architect. Geneva: Aga Khan Award for Architecture, 2007.
In the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, projects enrolled in the nomination process are documented by the architect(s). In addition to submitting images and drawings, architects are asked to complete a detailed questionnaire pertaining to use, cost, environmental and climatic factors, construction materials, building schedule, and, more importantly, design concepts and each project's significance within its own context and to present the project in two A3 panels.