Library - Tavira (Portugal)

Work Performed

Thermal simulation (EnergyPlus).

Natural ventilation design.

Night cooling system.

Daylighting.

Acoustics.

Relevant Details

The mild Algarve climate allows for excellent performance in free running buildings.

This building uses an hybrid climate control system: whenever conditions are favorable the HVAC system is automatically turned off and users are encouraged to open the windows.

Exposed thermal mass is used to its full potential: whenever conditions are favorable automatic exhaust-fan powered night cooling ventilation is done.

The semi-courtyard arrangement insures a quiet environment, even when the windows are open.

Project Data

Architecture: João Luis Carrilho da Graça