Fosters and Partners, Detailed 'Energy Concept' design for the headquarters for the Greater London Authority

Fosters and Partners, Detailed 'Energy Concept' design for the headquarters for the Greater London Authority

Fosters and Partners
Detailed 'Energy Concept' design (section drawing) for the headquarters for the Greater London Authority
1999
Computer aided design on paper
Museum no. E.958-2000

This and 'Brief Fit - Accommodation distribution' are designs for City Hall, the headquarters of the Greater London Authority, built between 1998 and 2002 by the British archictects Foster and Partners. The design brief was to achieve a low-energy building. In the drawing show above, the architects detail passive energy-saving techniques such as openable windows, circulation of fresh air, photovoltaic panels that harvest energy from the sun, and the use of boreholes to draw up cold groundwater to help cool the building. Their intention that the building should use only 25 per cent of the energy one would expect for a building of this size is printed under the title. In the 'Brief Fit - Accommodation distribution' design, the drawing illustrates how the internal spaces are to be broken down. Colour coding and comments indicate the utility of specific areas; yellow areas indicate spaces open to the public and mauve areas indicate the assembly chamber. Both drawings were made using Computer Aided Design (CAD) and are known as sections. They are not the kind seductive image intended to impress a client or to wow the public. Instead they provide a means of communicating design information through simple graphics.

This drawing can be found in Print Room Box 10B.