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THE FORESTIAS, THAILAND FOSTER + PARTNERS


Foster + Partners have revealed the designs for The Forestias, a new residential-led masterplan with a large forest at its heart, located on the outskirts of Bangkok. The “pioneering” development “addresses the growing disconnect between contemporary city life and family traditions, underpinned by the idea of health and wellbeing,” said the practice. The site is divided into two zones with the northern areas containing more city level public functions, while the larger southern portion is primarily residential. At the heart of the site is a forest that “defines the essence of the development – showcasing the positive relationship between our built and natural environments and a focus on healthy living.” The southern portion of the site contains a range of different housing types from high-rise to villas, catering to a varied market. It includes three ‘Whizdom’ high-rise condominium buildings that are designed to perfectly suit smaller family units. There are also ‘Mulberry Grove’ low-rise condominiums that bring residents close to nature, as well as ‘Mulberry Grove Villas’ cluster-home residences for extended, multi- generational families who wish to live close together in multiple homes that are easily connected. Another residential offering is ‘The Aspen Tree’ residences. These are designed to suit the special needs of older residents, with lifetime care services. Lastly there are “super luxury” villas – the ‘Six Senses’ residences.


SONOMA ACADEMY, CALIFORNIA WRNS STUDIO


Sonoma Academy Janet Durgin Guild & Commons in Santa Rosa, California by WRNS Studio has been recognised as the first project to achieve both Petal and zero carbon certification by the International Living Future Institute (ILFI). The Living Building Challenge is claimed as the world’s “most ambitious, advanced, and holistic performance standard for green, resilient, and healthy buildings,” and consists of seven performance categories, or ‘Petals’: Place, Water, Energy, Health & Happiness, Materials, Equity and Beauty. Petal Certification is awarded to a project that achieves at least three out of the seven ‘petals.’ Sonoma Academy achieved four – Energy, Materials, Equity, and Beauty. The zero carbon certification is said to be the first “worldwide zero carbon third-party certified standard that recognises the growing interest and focus on a broad-based tool for highlighting highly energy efficient buildings that are designed and operated to fully account for their carbon emissions impacts.” During a one-year performance period, buildings must achieve a targeted energy efficiency level, and 100 per cent of the project’s energy use must be offset by on or offsite renewable energy on a net annual basis. The project must also provide offsetting renewables which have the “equivalent of 15 years of project power, provide additionality, have durable ownership integrity associated with the project, and account for the total embodied carbon impact from any new construction and materials through a one-time carbon offset from an approved source.”


ADF JUNE 2021


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