FOR THE COMMON
GOOD: A RESTART
Revolving around revitalization,
this entry encompasses the creation
of a vibrant residential community
based around an economically
and sustainably, viable passive
house center offering retail, food,
beverage, and community services.
Fish tank farms supply on-site
eateries. There’s also CO2 absorption
cement in the carpark structure.
A pyrolysis machine producing oil
fuel from recycled plastic serves as
a source of income for the center.
Design features include:
• LED lighting throughout for night lighting and where
daylighting is not appropriate.
• Automatic lighting controls to reduce LED lighting
• Solar-powered electric vehicle charging points throughout
the above-ground carpark.
• Solar hot-water units on the roof.
• Daylight harvesting from a tensile roof structure to reduce
artificial light usage by up to 75%.
• Insulated panels, internal and external, for walls and roofs.
• High-performance glazing and thermally broken frames.
• Orientation-specific shading.
• Prismatic skylighting to diffuse light and eliminate glare.
• Exposed roofing painted with reflective ceramic paint.
Modules and paving sections are designed based on a 4m-by-4m
grid. Each pod is three grids for 48 sq. m. and can be combined
with others to create mid-sized and large tenancies of 96 sq. m.
and 144 sq. m. Paving modules can include planters and seating.
The modular construction also allows for greater flexibility and
a reduction of waste, should there be a wish for reconfiguration
of the small-box retail. It also allows for future larger retail to
replace modules with ease again, allowing for greater flexibility.
The retail is relocatable, too. For example, if a remote com-
munity suffers from a natural disaster, some units can provide
relief. Similarly, if the market dictates or if another development
is in need of temporary retail, units can be rapidly repositioned.
“The way the modular design came together in a functional,
well-conceived way, to potentially be repurposed elsewhere at
the end of the center’s life cycle, significantly reduces construc-
tion waste compared to a standard retail center and is not an
approach normally considered to this extent,” Choi says.