With the aim to showcase soil and water solutions and to portray the effects of global warming, the upcoming Rama 9 Museum is designed with functionality in mind and an emphasis on Green.
Rama 9 Museum
Set up by the National Science Museum, Ministry of Science and Technology, and located next to it, the Rama 9 Museum aims to showcase soil and water solutions, the ecology of the river basin in Thailand, and the effects of global warming. The complex comprises two sections: the main section is an exhibition building divided into four zones which includes exhibition and educational spaces, public facilities, and service and maintenance; the adjoining building houses public facilities that cater to visitors to the museum.
Taking into account the unusual cubic form of the National Science Museum, the Rama 9 Museum has a clean and minimal design which allows both projects to complement each other in terms of its exterior outlook. Its curved structure takes its cue from the contour of the linkway. The curved lines will help direct users into the project; it also represents the idea of unlimited learning, which in this context means learning and living in harmony with nature. In addition, the design emphasizes the practical and functional usage of space, which is reflected through having civic spaces for the community and users of the museum to gather.
The open spaces are designed to bring in sun, wind and light. The museum relies on natural cross ventilation and daylighting. To achieve cross ventilation the south facade is designed to maximize the wind flow from the south; strips of water throughout the project will help reduce the overall temperature and cool users in the process. The south area of the project will feature large amounts of landscaping deciduous trees, shrubs, and grass provide shading and contribute to lowering temperatures. The use of hardscape materials, such as perforated concrete blocks which allow water drainage, will help to reduce the heat island effect. In addition, in the south zone of the complex, which will be used to exhibit tropical forest life, laminated glass with medium film will be used to reduce exposure to light and heat from the outside. In the same area, stack ventilation and brise soleil openings will be employed. By lowering the overall temperature through various ways, it will cut down the need for air-conditioning. Moreover, the air conditioning systems will not use CFC. They will also be able to detect excessive amounts of carbon dioxide if the level exceeds the suggested amount, the system will bring in clean air from the outside to reduce the level of carbon dioxide.
Other Green strategies include treating wastewater and reusing them to water plantings. The water treatment system selected does not use chemicals, and low consuming water sanitary products are specified. The 3,000-square meter roof area is also designed to allow for future Installations of solar farms, which can be used to produce energy at around 250-300 kW for the complex. The solar farms come with different modes for different times of the day. The selection of high quality lights and automated lighting systems will help to reduce usage.
BAS systems will be used to manage mechanical systems of the complex. The mechanical rooms will have insulation to reduce noise pollution for the surroundings. A chiller plant manager will be used to produce cold water. The project will also have a recycling programme. Waste products will be collected and separated into four different categories and recycled.
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