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Cheungvogl Architects Hong Kong NUNNMPS Chicago Illinois US

Nunnmps, Chicago, Illinois, US
Year: 2003-2005 with k105, 2009-2012
Main Use: Office, Research
Site Area: 50,000 sqm
Bldg. Area: 16,000 sqm
GFA: 48,000 sqm above ground, 16,000 sqm below ground
Storeys: 3 above ground, 1 below ground

Nunnmps, Chicago is an information technology system development, security and service office. The site is located in South Chicago, bordering Lake Michigan.

The project consists of a 50,000 square meter design and research studio in addition to surrounding public open space and natural landscape. One third of the building encompasses the design and research studios and support areas. Since the studio projects are of a strategic nature and highly confidential, the building is lifted above ground, high above the crowns of trees, floating like clouds, overlooking the distant skyline. The remaining two thirds of the office space exist within its subterrain. It accommodates a reception area and a large open administration office with mushroom-like cores penetrating the ground to connect both parts of the Nunnmps.  

 

Cheungvogl Architects Hong Kong NUNNMPS Chicago Illinois US

The main office space is elevated above the landscape. The roof level above the ground floor areas becomes a green extension of the landscape, unobstructed by the building volume.



Cheungvogl Architects Hong Kong NUNNMPS Chicago Illinois US

The project contributes to the community on a multi-faceted level. It redefines the notion of 'work and place', 'city and landscape' and integrated culture and community.  

 

Cheungvogl Architects Hong Kong NUNNMPS Chicago Illinois US

The semi-public ground floor extends between the landscape and the lake.




Cheungvogl Architects Hong Kong NUNNMPS Chicago Illinois US

Sustainability Strategies

The design is oriented such that the open portions of the façade are mainly directed to the North.

On the ground floor, the glazed facade to the south is passively shaded by the cantilever concrete slab during the summer time. The thermal masses of shaded concrete provide natural chilling for the interior spaces during the hot seasons. In the winter, the low sun angle allows storage of energy within the thermal masses, warming up the interior spaces.  

 

 

 

 

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Cheungvogl Architects Hong Kong NUNNMPS Chicago Illinois US

The office parts, elevated from the ground are wrapped with translucent ETFE. The surface absorbs glare and harsh direct sunlight, creating a thermal buffer zone in between the external and internal spaces. The room temperature is regulated by chilled ceilings and chilled beams.

All air in-take is transferred through underground conduits. The ground temperature is cooler than the outside temperature during the summer months while the ground temperature is warmer than the outside temperature during the winter months. In a natural balance state, the in-take air is pre-chilled or pre-warmed by the ground. The system makes use of sustainable energy rather than high energy consumption appliances such as air-conditioning units. This sustainable system pre-chills the air to desirable room temperature in the summer and pre-warms it in the winter. Heat-exchange between in-take and out-take provides additional temperature regulation by recycling the energy from the out-take air.  

 

 

Cheungvogl Architects Hong Kong NUNNMPS Chicago Illinois US

The ground level connects street level pedestrians, automobiles and public transports. The architecture straddles over the existing tram stations, which integrates a barrier free pedestrian zone with an extension to cultural and retail spaces, which include galleries, cafes, retail, public seating areas and roof gardens above ground. The roof level forms green parks of varying scales, which enhances the air quality within the densely populated urban context.  

 

Cheungvogl Architects Hong Kong NUNNMPS Chicago Illinois US

The design is a re-interpretation of land reclamation and re-definition of relationships between infrastructure projects and public spaces. The logic between separating the ground level busy traffic routes, leaving the second level as cultural and retail spaces, while the roof gardens enhance the air quality and visibility from surrounding skyscrapers can be easily adapted to other dense urban contexts.  

 

Cheungvogl Architects Hong Kong NUNNMPS Chicago Illinois US

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