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Lead Author:  YingXin Wen.




The building is called Peach Properties. It is a small building rebuilt 15 years ago. It used to be an old victorian toilet 150 years ago. “Although we are a small independent agency, our building has become a bit of a landmark here in Shoreditch, set amongst an eclectic mix of bars and restaurants.” It is located on 53 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA. The building have 3 floors (with a basement) with the approximate height of 4m. The length and the width of the building is about 10m and 3.5m.



Main external elements

This building was built by four main materials: timber, glass, steel and glazed ceramic. Most of the external walls were built by the timber. The strips of wood, which with the same size, were vertically aligned in a row and became part of the external walls. These timber are not the normal color which is brown or sandy brown. They had been painted into dark grey. Also, part of the external walls were covered by the glazed ceramic. These glazed ceramic were only used between the sides of the front door.

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The internal floor was made of wood and the external floor was made of concrete. And, the window of the building was composed of glass. There are two glass windows on the both side of the attic and four in each side in the ground floor.



The roof of the building might made of cast steel or steel. Similar to the material of the container.




Features in the building

Solar control     As there are eight glass windows and one glass door of it, the natural light could come into the internal space as much as possible. on the ground floor and the attic, it allow normal window view and a direct use of the natural light near a window. In the basement, it directs the sunlight through the lattice shape of the tempered glass into the space.



Reduce heat loss     On the one hand, as the windows could not be opened on the ground floor, it could reduce the outdoor air and strong winds into the indoor. On the first floor, there are two double glazings. The gap between the two panes of the glass is filled with air. As air is a poor conductor of heat, heat loss through the conduction is reduced. On the other hand, the internal wall was made of concrete and the external wall was constructed by timber. This is the double-layer protection for reducing heat loss. For example, the heat from indoor is hard to through the internal concrete wall, as the concrete wall was made of cement, lime and gypsum. It was filled with the insulating materials.



Water     The system of water is focus on the basement. There are two water tubes serve for the toilet, one is for washing hand, another one is for flushing the toilet. And there is a water tube serve for the kitchen sink. As the building used to be a former victorian mens public toilet, there are still some complex water systems under the basement.

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Ventilation     As the windows could not be opened on the ground floor, the air inside just like the cycle activity. Firstly, the fresh air come from the front door and through around the space. When the old air being pushed by the fresh air, it would go upstairs or downstairs. Then, the air on the first floor would go out from the both side of the windows. The air on the basement would go out of the pipeline.


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Cooling and Heating     Because is a small building, there is only an air conditioner to service the suitable temperature for the building. There is a simple cooling and heating system, which service the temperature conversion of the water between the kitchen and the toilet.



What is interesting for the building is that the wall was made of concrete and timber, and the roof was built by steel. Most of the weather in London is hypothermia, so the double- layer wall prevent the strong wind from the outdoor and keep the indoor temperature balance. Also, the material of the roof can absorb the sunshine during the day and retain indoor heat.





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