Libya government district win for Buro Happold and Léon Wohlhage Wernik
Buro Happold in collaboration with architect Léon Wohlhage Wernik and a team of international specialists has won the competition to design the new government district in Libya’s capital Tripoli.
Together with consulting engineer Buro Happold, the German architect developed a concept for a highly efficient use of conventional energy, combined with renewable sources of power. Léon Wohlhage Wernik has outlined details of the successful proposal below.
Buro Happold’s sustainability concept integrates the energy, water, waste and transportation systems to target a 50 per cent improvement in resource inputs (utility demands) and outputs (waste and emissions) compared with conventional systems.
New infrastructure will be built for the efficient, safe and secure servicing of the site with standby facilities for use in an emergency. A central Energy Farm containing all technical facilities will be connected to the administration building’s local equipment rooms by a full access service tunnel.
Key features of the environmental concept include: A central tri-generation plant within the Energy Farm to meet the site base electricity, cooling and heating demands supplemented by a proportion of distributed renewable energy systems, making full use of the sun - potentially Africa’s greatest marketable energy resource - for generating energy, water conservation and re-use to reduce demand for city water, a waste management centre for the sorting of man made materials such as paper, glass and metals for recycling, a transport strategy that responds to short-term dependency on car use but makes full provision for the future integration of public transport networks, such as high-speed rail network and metro systems and optimising energy demand with the integration of simple, effective building management control systems to ensure responsive but energy efficient work spaces.