Thursday, 25 February 2021

A quick case study in tropical architecture

 




Shops along Binjai Park in Singapore, with apartments above. Taken at 1130 a.m. on a bright and sunny day.
  1. The sun shines directly on to the walls and windows of the east-facing façade. At this time of the day the trees along the road in front of the building provide no shade.
  2. The north-facing end is in shade. 
  3. Two apartments above the ground floor retain their original balconies with awnings over them. The balconies are in deep shade. A profusion of potted plants on the balconies probably provides additional protection from the sun.
  4. On the top floor at the end of the building the balcony has been retained. There is no awning but the balcony is still somewhat shaded.
  5. In one of the apartments the balcony has been glassed-in, presumably to enlarge the room behind. Some shade is provided by an awning over the windows.
  6. In other apartments, the balconies have also been glassed-in but there are no awnings. The sun shines directly on to the wall and windows. Curtains and tinted glass provide some protection but I suspect that the rooms might get very hot and might be uncomfortable without air conditioning.
Which is most appropriate for the tropical climate? Which is likely to require the least air conditioning for comfort? 

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