Sustainable office building
Creating meeting places is a major task in the development of Chalmers University of Technology. Kuggen at Lindholmen will be a hub for formal as well as informal meetings between community and society.
The building is named Kuggen (The Cog). It is designed to connect to its environment.
Kuggen is constituted by repetitions of optimal office units. From the northward backbone, the building extends with two room units per floor. This makes the building expand by 1500 mm for each floor southwards, thereby shading the windows below. A moving screen with photovoltaic cells moving around the building adds shade and electricity. On the roof, sun collectors for tap water completes the solar energy system. State-of-the-art solutions for adapted ventilation, lighting, heating and cooling minimize the environmental impact of the building. The triangular windows maximises daylight to the core of the building and minimises the climatic deficiencies. The size functions for office cells as well as for open landscapes. These solutions will limit energy consumption to 53 kWh/m² a year.