Bioclimatic Architecture

Bioclimatic Architecture is the regionalist/ecologist concept from which most of Ken Yeang's architecture is developed. Central to this concept is to design with the local climate. There are several justifications for this.

First, designing with the local climate is both economical and ecological. It will result in a lowering of costs because of decreasing energy consumption in the operation of the building. And it will reduce the overall energy consumption by the use of passive (non-mechanical) devices.

A second rationale derives from the impact on the users. The climatically responsive building can enhance its users' sense of well being while enabling them to be aware of and to experience the external climate.

Last there is a regionalist justification. Climate, viewed in the overall perspective of human history and built settlements, is the single most constant factor in our landscape, apart from its basic geographical structure.

Yeang applies these theoretical principles as guides for shaping high-rise, mostly commercial, buildings in South-east Asia, the so called Bioclimatic Skyscrapers. These buildings, looking astoundingly modern, even high-tech. Nevertheless are highly eco-logical.

Several features recur in his designs:



Ken Yeang: Bioclimatic Skyscrapers, London, 1994 (ENG)


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