Saturday, April 24, 2010

LEED, A Work Of Art - 555 Mission Street, San Francisco USA

555 Mission Street, an all glass 33 storey tower is one of San Francisco's signature tower as it's the first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) development in the city. According to 555 Mission Street website, Tishman Speyer (the developer) is taking the following measures:-
  • Refrigerants in all building heating and cooling systems that emit compounds that contribute to ozone depletion and global warming have been eliminated.
  • The building has been designed so that the energy systems and building envelope exceed California's energy code performance by 5%. Exceeding the energy code means the building uses less energy than a typical office tower, saving fossil fuels.
  • The architectural curtain wall was designed to enable direct views of the outdoor environment for 90% of the building's occupants.
  • At least 10% of the materials used in the construction of the building are from recycled sources. The vast majority of the recycled content is from the building structural steel and in the aluminum curtain wall, not recycled materials used inside the building.
  • The building mechanical design will bring in 30% more fresh air to all occupied spaces than required by code.
  • An alarmed air quality monitoring system ensures that ventilation systems maintain design minimum ventilation requirements.
  • All adhesives and sealants, paints and coatings, and carpet systems used in building meet or exceed the low VOC (volatile organic compounds) requirements of the South Coast Air Quality Mgmt District, Rule 1168, providing better indoor air quality to people with respiratory sensitivities.
  • Total water usage the building is reduced by at least 30% through careful selection of water efficient fittings and fixtures.
  • The roof will be a highly reflective, lightly colored 'cool roof' system that will reduce the affect of urban heat islands.
  • The development will include designated parking spaces for low emission and fuel efficient vehicles.

Cool, eh? Check out the photos I took ... By the way, pardon my ignorance but does anyone know if we have any such LEED development in Malaysia?

555 Mission Street LEED

555 Mission Street, San Francisco

Human Structures by Jonathan Borofsky

There are art pieces around the area. This is Human Structures by Jonathan Borofsky.

Human Structures by Jonathan Borofsky

A closer look at the structure

Moonrise by Ugo Rondinone

Moonrise by Ugo Rondinone

Human Structure by Jonathan Borofsky

555 Mission Street building and Human Structures against the sky... towering art of beauty.



ilene said...

Cool! Definitely coooll!! But all it takes is one stupid pilot and a passenger plane and all the work of art becomes ground zero!!!

CUMI & CIKI said...

so weird but so cool!

Anonymous said...

thx u very much, i learn a lot

wmw said...

ilene : Anything that is of beauty be it man made or God's work can be destroyed :o(

Cumi&Ciki : Weird beauty!

Terry : You're welcome...