IB-S – Institute of Science And Innovation for Bio-Sustainability, Minho University, Braga, Portugal.
The main structure is composed of the central core of the building in which stepped beams are supported floor to floor. The stepped use allows the reduction of structural elements, without reducing the structural effectiveness, freeing the space.
In articulation with the Ventilation and Natural Ventilation Systems, the use of excavated slabs allows the entrance of air from the façade to the interior patio, taking advantage of the thermal inertia of the structure for night cooling.
The project proposes an innovative system of facades. Protection of direct sunlight is guaranteed in any orientation and at any time of the year. Natural light is used to its fullest potential, such as main lighting, reducing lighting costs.
All interior compartments have a light sensor that will reduce the intensity of artificial light when natural light is available.