A temporary ferry terminal with green consciousness : a sustainable design

Hu, Liang
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Among all human behaviors, building plays a significant role in damaging the environment as it is one of the major sources of energy consumption. Various building-related activities, such as material production, construction, operation, maintenance, refurbishment, and demolition, contribute directly or indirectly to many environment problems. This thesis rests on my interest of taking environmental responsibility to initiate design ideas for a temporary ferry terminal. Each building in my design is regarded as an organic component in the larger natural system. When a sustainable building begins its journey, it will not compromise nature's capacity to render its system still valuable for the future generations. The general design objectives are aimed at the sustainable development for the whole life-cycle of the temporary building. The design not only stresses energy efficiency, but it also tries to make full response to surrounding environment. The design begins at the study of a bigger environmental context. The consideration of sunlight, water, rain, containers, brown site, and wind is reflected by the structure, form, materials, and space of the building. On-site modified containers are reminiscent of the relationship between the building and the site. To build more with less, the design not only minimize the negative impacts on environment, but also make the construction and demolition process as quick as possible. Both the fabric membranes and containers are prefabricated and easy to transport and assemble. Fabric tensile structure has proved as an excellent building type in hot climates. The translucence cover bathes the interior space in diffused natural light. The structure's free flowing shape makes it possible to facilitate natural ventilation and to collect rainwater using the roof. Reduced artificial HVAC system and lighting fixtures can save energy consumption and reduce operation costs.