1:1 introduces natural light to a dark production space in the phillipines
 

1:1 introduces natural light to a dark production space in the phillipines

1:1 has been brought in to design a new factory building that enables a handbag manufacturer to expand capacity on his current site in mariveles, philippines. the new building measures roughly 90 x 75 meters in plan, for a total footprint of approximately 6,750 square meters, adjacent to existing manufacturing facilities on the same plot. the existing buildings are basically giant sheds with gently pitched roofs, with natural light entering only from small openings on the periphery walls. given the design, even the presence of fluorescent lighting closer to the factory floor could not alleviate a relatively dark production space, not to mention the energy costs maintaining such artificial lighting.

1:1 introduces natural light to a dark production space in the phillipines
aerial view of entire structure
all images © edmon leong, gene miao

 

 

a fundamental design question was how to introduce natural light to the main production space without changing the foundational structures. given the constraints, the hong kong based practice 1:1 has basically solved the core lighting problem with adjustments to the roof. taking the engineer’s double-pitch roof design as the starting point for the project, the practice has experimented with how to stagger the roofline’s pitches in rows, thereby creating a series of diamond and triangular openings within the roof where light could enter. the effect are rows of gently pitched roofs sliding past one another in a smooth undulating roofline. in other circumstances, such a roofing structure might have required vertical columns as supports, but in this case, a minimum of columns on the production floor are required, which affords the owner maximum flexibility in the production space.

1:1 introduces natural light to a dark production space in the phillipines
exterior view of skylights

 

 

1:1’s design solution has required working with a structural engineer to design a truss to address the loading overhead without the use of columns or thick beams that would block the light. the truss design can span more than 36 meters across the production space. the only remaining columns are a double row of columns in the middle of the rectangular space, which replicate the original design while not interfering with the ongoing footing work on site. to reduce the overall weight and cost of the new roof design, polycarbonate panels are used for the skylights, as they diffuse ambient natural light into the production areas to create a vast, inviting light- filled space. in short, this solution is engineered for structural soundness, while maintaining a largely free-form production floor while using natural light to reduce electricity spend and create a brighter, more attractive workspace for the workers.

1:1 introduces natural light to a dark production space in the phillipines
interior view of skylights including the span of 36 meters

1:1 introduces natural light to a dark production space in the phillipines
view of factory floor after production line is set-up

1:1 introduces natural light to a dark production space in the phillipines
overall layout plan

1:1 introduces natural light to a dark production space in the phillipines
overall section

 

 

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edited by: apostolos costarangos | designboom

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