Passive Cooling Stratigies for a Digital Creative Industry Hub in Malta – Herman Calleja, MArch Dissertation 2012
Cool Work spaces is a hub for Creative industry situated at the perimeter of a disused dockland area in Malta. The hub is set to serve as a catalyst for the regeneration of the area. The climate is typical coastal Mediterranean, characterized by mild wet winters and hot humid summers with a high intensity of global solar radiation. Office developments in such climates tend to have high cooling loads in summer due to solar gains, elevated occupancy densities, lighting and energy – intensive equipment. The project explores the integration of passive cooling strategies within the spatial organisation of the Creative industry in order to generate an adaptive building morphology. The design makes use of thermal mass coupled with nocturnal ventilation, displacement ventilation through earth cooled air and indirect evaporation cooling.