July 11, 2012

News: ECO-Sport published in AECCafe.com

http://www.ramirez-gonzalez.com/www.ramirez-gonzalez.com/Blog/Entries/2012/6/25_ECO-Sport___publicado_por_AECCafe.com.html


Proposed by Ramirez-Gonzalez Studio architecture firm, the ECO-Sport Facility is a novel design, which accomplishes the re-engineering of the typical basketball court architecture in Puerto Rico into a sustainable building. The concept was based on the firm’s own philosophy by conceiving ‘Architecture as an Adapted Product’ which permits the project architects to improve the structure environmental output within cost-efficiency parameters from early stages of the design development.

The basketball court was conceived to be the next step of evolution for this typology. A combination of sustainable system components in relationship with a passive design strategy achieves net-zero power use and low cost maintenance. Furthermore, all material selection was made considering local availability, easy construction methods and cost-efficiency. The budget required for the development of the proposed basketball court was not radically different from the current cost of the paradigmatic but inefficient design.