MAJA VILLA - OPERA SINGER LIVE WORK SPACE
Project: Undergrad 4th year - Fall 2015
Teammates: Javier Villarroel and Jess Martin
Professor: Thomas Kirchner
Location: Philadelphia, PA - United States
MajaVilla is a residential apartment designed for an opera singer in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The exact location on East Lakeshore Drive across the lake from Louisiana State University.
The lake allows for evaporative cooling and cross ventilation to work together to passively ventilate and cool the building. The S.A.B.E.R. wall system placed along breezeways filter out humidity from the air that travels into the building. This optimizes conditions for the client, due to an increased need for humidity in order to facilitate singing.
The moisture that the SABER wall system collects is sent to a cistern along with the rain water gathered from the custom designed sloped roof.
The building consists of two main masses separated by a rectangular breezeway cuts the building from east to west. The northern mass contains a living room, kitchen, and a bedroom. Whereas the southern mass contains the opera singer studio space. The S.A.B.E.R wall system placed along the breezways filters out humidity from the air that travels into the building. This optimizes conditions for the client, due to increased need for humidity in order to facilitate singing. A ramp surrounds the building from the east and north side for ADA accessibility
The roof angles to one point which has a water catching funnel for water to be stored. Water collected is used as grey water. The roof over the studio is a green roof to allow less heat to transfer to the studio. Baton Rouge gets about 60” of rain a year, so excess rain that isn’t collected is drained back into the lake. Concrete walls are used as a thermal mass to keep the interior at a consistent comfortable temperature.