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A dragon in town. Transparency and climatic adaptability are the two pillars of this building constructed in Valencia in Spain. The nautical base was designed like a large shop window with the boat and the crew’s activities visible to all from the street and from the walkways leading to the terrace.
|Program||Base for the China Team for the 2007 Americas Cup|
|Floor Area||3 500sqm / 37 670sqft|
|Cost of construction||€ 0 (zero) / $ 0 (zero)|
|Project Owner||China Team / Le Defi|
An analysis of the site and of the climate determined a building that only used natural ventilation and spray for cooling during the hot summer. The base constructed harked back to traditional architecture for seaside construction in this region, which relies on thermal breezes as a natural cooling system. The facades were made from PTFE and ETFE while a red canvass structure straddled the building, creating the shape of a massive dragon.