Sus­tain­able de­sign

Work has be­gun on an eco­park on the east coast of Viet­nam, Mercedes-Benz has taken the wraps off its first all elec­tric ve­hi­cle, and a re­sort in Aruba has be­come the first ho­tel on the Caribbean to achieve car­bon neu­tral­ity.

Identity - - SUSTAINABILITY - TEXT: STEVE HILL

Site work is un­der­way on the Mui Dinh Eco­park, a 728-hectare de­vel­op­ment on the east coast of Viet­nam that will be­come home to six re­sort ho­tels, a bou­tique ho­tel and 500 pri­vate moun­tain vil­las.

De­signed by Chap­man Tay­lor, the vast govern­ment-ap­proved project will also be­come home to an eco­park which will act as an ed­u­ca­tional re­source where new res­i­dents and visi­tors learn about the lo­cal habi­tat and ecosys­tem.

Great care has been taken to build sus­tain­abil­ity prin­ci­ples into the de­sign, as Chap­man Tay­lor’s South East Asia Di­rec­tor Os­car Martinez made clear.

He said: “We car­ried out a thor­ough anal­y­sis straight away, to es­tab­lish how many hours of sun­shine the site re­ceives through­out the year, what changes oc­cur with each sea­son and be­tween day and night, how the hu­mid­ity varies, what tem­per­a­tures to ex­pect, rain pe­ri­ods, etc.

“We es­tab­lished how the tides worked, how the dunes were formed and the ways in which the winds acted. And all that in­for­ma­tion and anal­y­sis helped us to de­liver a de­sign that is fully adapted to this ecosys­tem and per­forms bet­ter, nat­u­rally, at a lower cost.

“We used the wind direc­tions for in­te­grat­ing cross-ven­ti­la­tion through­out the build­ings, and placed bod­ies of wa­ter strate­gi­cally in the land­scape to help cool down the tem­per­a­ture.

“The build­ing po­si­tions were ar­ranged to cre­ate shaded ar­eas dur­ing peak tem­per­a­ture times of the day; rain­wa­ter har­vest­ing was in­te­grated into the land­scape to be used dur­ing dry months; and grey wa­ter will be reused, es­pe­cially in the hos­pi­tal­ity com­po­nents, to re­duce the en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact of tourism.

“The re­cy­cling of waste and the use of lo­cal ma­te­ri­als will re­duce the car­bon foot­print; and the use of re­new­able en­er­gies will re­duce power con­sump­tion.”

The project will also fea­ture a theme park, beach club and moun­tain club­house.

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