Ronak Gawarwala

Reinterpreting the Vernacular as Environmental Strategy for Tall Building Design

Dubai, United Arab Emirates 25.23° N 55.28° E

This project challenges the norm drawing upon principles that can be traced back to the vernacular architecture of the region. Detailed simulation studies show that the application of these principles can help achieve acceptable environmental conditions without recourse to airconditioning for much of the year while also reducing cooling loads significantly for the rest of the year. The incorporation of transitional spaces in the form of sky-courts serves both functional and environmental roles.