African Design Magazine August 2016 - Page 46

G oing green does not mean higher construction cost to the client, actually it is the opposite, especially in a city like Nairobi where the weather is favourable and does half of the work for the architects. Meaning if designed correctly and cleverly for the climate, there is no need for air conditioning, for example. Neither are specialized building materials such as glass curtain walling needed. This is a huge cost savings to the client. 46 “Six storey Lumen Square, like all our projects, is designed for maximizing natural light and natural ventilation,” explains Gundip Virdi of Atelier International Architects. “We have a large airy central atrium that africandesignmagazine.com