Low Energy Cooling in Los Angeles, U.S.A – Dana Nishimura Bryan, MArch Dissertation 2012

Downtown Los Angeles is a hotbed for contemporary experimental architeure embracing change and expression. The once derelict urban centre is currently experiencing massive upheaval. However in L.A. aesthetic design concerns dominate the architectural agenda. The cost of unbridled expression is high: typical office buildings were found to require almost 100KWh/m2 in cooling alone. Passive cooling could potentially reduce  the energy demands by about 75%. The project focused on the implementation of the stacks as solar chimneys and the wind catchers to induce ventilation. It is conceived as a mid-rise mixed use building with office space and ground level retail. Embedded within the design the balanced – stack ventilation strategy is expressed on the facades.