El-Sheikh Zayed Sustainable Modern Villa
METHODS converted this Zayed villa from an ordinary to an environmentally-friendly and relatively energy-saving building. We created a double height space to act as an air tank for exchanging hot and cool air through a ceiling sky light, which also acted as a light collector for the indoor space. This, along with the wind catcher that takes the winds from the Northern façade to the spaces on the southern side; created a full cycle of air moving through the villa! A movable shading device was designed for the southern façade to track solar angles, and photovoltaic solar cells were planned for the roof to act as a source for renewable energy. Thick walls with insulation-filled inner gaps were chosen and reflective surfaces were designed for the finishing to enable natural light distribution. Indeed, the sustainable solutions made through this villa made it an environmental case study!