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SIEEB Building - Tsinghua University
Sino-Italian Eco-Efficient Building
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DESIGNER
 
 
MC A Mario Cucinella Architects
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DESCRIPTION
 
Description
SIEEB project is the result of cooperation between the Ministry for Environment and Territory of the Republic of Italy and the Ministry of Science and Technology of the People's Republic of China and is also regarded as a platform to develop the bilateral long-term cooperation in the environment and energy fields and a model case for showing the CO2 emission reduction potential in the building sector in China.
This building is realized in the Tsinghua University Campus in Beijing and has been designed by arch. Mario Cucinella and Politecninco of Milano.
It is a 20.000 m2 building, 40 m high and it will host a Sino-Italy education, training and research centre for environment protection and energy conservation.
The SIEEB project is the result of a collaborative experience among consultants, researchers and architects. This integrated design process is a most distinctive part of the project and a key issue for green buildings.

Text edited by Mario Cucinella Architects
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MATERIALS
 
glass, aluminium, reinforced concrete
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ECO-SUSTAINABILITY'
 
General ecology
The SIEEB project is the result of a collaborative experience among consultants, researchers and architects. This integrated design process is a most distinctive part of the project and a key issue for green buildings.
The building is therefore generated through a series of testing and computer simulations of its performance in relation to its possible shape, orientation, envelope, technological systems and so on.
The building is designed to find a balance among energy efficiency targets, minimum CO2 emissions, a functional layout and the image of a contemporary building.
The envelope components, as well as the control systems and the other technologies are the expression of the most updated Italian production, within the framework of a design philosophy in which proven components are integrated in innovative systems.
· resources saving including construction materials and water;
· minimization of environmental impact in both the construction and in-use stages;
· intelligent control during operation and maintenance;
· healthy indoor air;
· environmentally sound and durable materials;
· water recycling and re-use.
The SIEEB building shape derives from the analysis of the site and of the specific climatic conditions of the Beijing. Located in a dense urban context, surrounded by some high-rise buildings, the building optimises the need for solar energy in winter and for solar protection in summer.
Reflecting and semi-reflecting lamellas and louvers will also allow for sunshine to penetrate in the rooms in winter and to be rejected in summer, reducing the energy consumption of the building.
Double Façade and artificial lighting will be based on high efficiency lamps and fittings, controlled by a dimming system capable to adjust the lamps power to the actual local lighting needs, in combination with the natural light contribution. A presence control system will switch off lights in empty rooms.
Thermal comfort conditions are provided by a primary air (distributed by means of a displacement ventilation system) + radiant ceiling system. This combination minimises electricity consumption in pumps and fans. Lightweight radiant ceilings allow for lower air temperature in winter and higher in summer, thus reducing energy consumption; moreover, the presence sensors, coupled with CO2 sensors, can modulate either the air flow and the ceiling temperature when few or no people are in the room, thus avoiding useless energy consumption. In summer night cooling takes place.
Gas engines are the core of the energy system of the building. They are coupled to electric generators to produce most of the electricity required. The engines waste heat is used for heating in winter, for cooling – by means of absorbtion chillers – in summer and for hot water production all year round.
A sophisticated, “intelligent” control system manages the plant.
Because of the cleaner electricity produced, the amount of CO2 emissions per square meter of the SIEEB will be far lower than in present Chinese commercial building stock.

Text edited by Mario Cucinella Architects
Systems typology
 
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LOCATION
 
Continent
Asia
Nation
China [Zhōngguó/Zhōnghuá]
Municipality
Beijing
Town
Beijing
 
 
Website
E-mail
info@tsinghua.edu.cn
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TYPOLOGY
 
ARCHITECTURE
Education buildings
Universities, colleges
Auditorium
Research buildings and centers
Research buildings
Buildings for offices and professional practises
Offices
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CHRONOLOGY
 
Project
2003 - 2005    
Realisation
2005 - 2006
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BIBILIOGRAPHIC REFERENCES
 
 
Zhang Li, Wang Hanni, "Il Sieeb a Pechino", Il Magazine dell'architettura 48, gennaio 2012 [Il Nord Est], "Ri_visitati" p. 6, allegato a Il giornale dell'architettura 101, gennaio 2012
"Institutsgebäude in Pekin/University Building in Beijing", Detail 6/2007 [Energieeffiziente Architektur/Energy-Efficient Architecture/H.Q.E.], "Dokumentation/Documentation" pp. 638-643
Alessandra Capanna, "Edificio SIEEB nel Campus della Tsinghua University a Pechino, Cina/SIEEB building in Tsinghua University Campus, Bejing, China", L'industria delle costruzioni 395, maggio-giugno/may-june 2007 [Edifici per l'università], pp. 16-23
Carlo Paganelli, "Mitopoiesi ambientale/SIEEB in Beijing", L'Arca 223, marzo/march 2007, pp. 4-13, cover
"SIEEB: Sino-Italian Ecological and Energy Efficient Building Tsinghua University - Beijing, China. Mario Cucinella Architects", The Plan 17, dicembre 2006-gennaio 2007/december 2006-january 2007, "Architettura/Architecture" pp. 56-75
"Un prototipo per un'urbanizzazione sostenibile in Cina", Il giornale dell'architettura 43, settembre 2006, "Il progetto del mese" pp. 24-25 (24-26)
"Raccolta la sfida del progetto sostenibile", Il giornale dell'architettura 43, settembre 2006, "Il progetto del mese" p. 26 (24-26)
Carlo Micono, "Terrazze digradanti per catturare il sole d'Oriente", Il giornale dell'architettura 27, marzo 2005, "Tecnologie e materiali" p. 16
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CLIENT
 
 
Ministero Italiano per l'Ambiente e la Tutela del Territorio
Ministry of Science and Technology of the People's Republic of China
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AMOUNT
 
 
€ 20.000.000
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DIMENSIONAL
DATA
 
Surface
sq.m. 20.000
Height
m. 40
Dimensions
site m. 60 x 60
Capacity
Auditorium 200 seats
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STRUCTURES
 
 
Favero & Milan Ingegneria
China Architecture Design & Research Group
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STAFF
 
Project
MCA, Mario Cucinella Architects
Design team
Mario Cucinella, Elizabeth Francis, David Hirsch, Giulio Altieri
Project leader
Prof. Federico Butera, Politecnico di Milano
BEST Department, S. Ferrari, U. Beneventano, N. Aste, P. Oliaro, R.S. Adhikari, P. Caputo
Structural consultant
Favero & Milan Ingegneria
S. Favero, F. Zaggia, G. Lenarduzzi
Construction management
Impregilo
A. Garlaschi, L. Ping
Architect of record
L. Nicolini
 
 
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