SUSTAINABLE BE’AH OFFICES

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Design director: Andrea Klimko
Year: 2014
Location:
Muscat, Sultanate of Oman

 

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The goal of the be’ah company is mainly achieved by the work and projects to preserve and protect the environment. But the focus on environmental issues can be presented even in the headquarters building. Some of the furniture can be created from reused materials so when the visitor enters the building, it will display the focus at the first sight.

One of the architect’s ideas was to design the reception desk as an atypical part of furniture in the lobby hall. She suggested to cover an existing bearing column with different wooden layers to create the significant element – a natural centre of gravity.

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The essence of green building and interior is an optimization of one or more of these principles: Design Efficiency, Energy Efficiency, Water Efficiency, Materials Efficiency, Indoor Environmental Quality Enhancement, Operations and Maintenance Optimization, and Waste and Toxics Reduction.
On the aesthetic side of green architecture or sustainable design is the philosophy of designing a building that is in harmony with the natural features and resources surrounding the site. There are several key steps in designing sustainable buildings: specify ‘green’ building materials from local sources, reduce loads, optimize systems, and generate on-site renewable energy.

 

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The idea for the design of the coffee shop is to cover the existing concrete column with greenery and create vertical green wall which is growing from the water in the circle bar desk shape.

 

The people are sitting around the bar, drinking coffe and tea and calming their mind by observation of the water tank with vividly colourful fish. The round shape of coffee tables with meadow flowers unites people to discuss matters in a more friendly and relaxed working enviroment.

 

This kind of holistic approach is good to practice the health of an individual in a complete picture rather than isolating parts. It uses natural treatments to attempt to maintain balance.

 

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