HOK plans a green renewal for San Francisco Mint

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Eco Factor: Historic building to have water collection system and green roof.

A building that ditched the 1906 earthquake and fire, and continues to stand as a national historic landmark, is on the verge of getting a green makeover. Yes, the San Francisco Mint will be revitalized as a new city museum and visitor’s center that will be loaded with green features. The new additions will be made without hindering its permeability and openness to the outer environment.

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has proposed interventions that behave like intermediaries between the exterior environment and internal spaces, which require variable degrees of control and comfort. The structure will also include a glass canopy on the roof that can collect water and fog at its corners to provide natural irrigation for a terraced roof garden.

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The Mint already includes green features like a passively ventilated, naturally lit structure that makes use of its significant thermal mass, operable windows and a central courtyard. The new design will help in making the historic structure a perfect model of sustainable design.

Via: WorldArchitectureNews