The adaptive reuse of a former commercial building has been sustainably reinvented as the new home to the Phoenix Law Group by architects Studio Ma. Sustainability and budget were key concerns for this project so the architects retained the existing concrete slab and masonry walls, often the highest carbon producing elements, which had the added benefit of keeping the construction costs down.
Natural light and indoor air quality were also a major focus for this project so openable skylights, windows and sliding doors were installed and the interior was finished in zero VOC paints and formaldehyde free materials. The resulting interior feels bright and open with access to views of the sky or surrounding neighbourhood as you move throughout the space.
– Adaptive reuse of an existing building. Existing concrete slabs and masonry walls were retained
– Passive design principles were employed to provide natural lighting
– Operable skylights provide natural light and flush hot air out of the building via a chimney effect
– Openable windows provide fresh air and natural cooling
– Exterior cladding is domestically sourced pine
– Zero VOC paints and formaldehyde free materials were used internally
– Health and wellness benefits to staff include a rooftop deck, fitness centre/meditation room
Being super green doesn’t have to break the bank. It’s good to remember the greenest buildings are the ones that are already built.
Nadine is the founder and editor of Eco Edition and founder of the Eco Edition Design School. She’s an experienced interior designer, sustainable materials consultant, speaker and serial home renovator.