Aptly referred to as “Project Legacy,” the new 20,000 square meter building for Universidad EAN (UEAN) will illustrate the possibilities of design for the circular economy, with a focus on the Latin American construction sector, and starting with Colombia.
The most prominent feature of the building is the McDonough-designed WonderFrame™ shade structure. The UEAN WonderFrame screen is clad with multi-colored perforated panels, metaphorically invoking tree leaves. These triangular panels provide shade while simultaneously admitting daylight, demonstrating both material and energy efficiency. Covering roughly 85% of the façade, the WonderFrame will stand as the largest installation of this modular building system to date.
Natural ventilation for the new building will be aided through solar chimneys, which draw air through the building and exhaust it at the roof. Operable windows will be featured on all façades. The building will be one of the first to implement a new verification protocol for engineered natural ventilation systems in Equatorial Climates, developed by Bogotá-based environmental engineering consultants (and design team members) for the Colombia Green Building Council to standardize the use of natural ventilation as a LEED energy effectiveness strategy.
Programlaboratories, classrooms, administrative offices, seminar rooms, a cafeteria, indoor basketball court, exercise gymnasium, and an auditorium seating 500 people
Area20,000 square meters
William McDonough + Partners, Design Architect
AIA, Executive Architect
PAYC, Construction Manager
Acustec, Acoustic Design
EIG, C2C products
PyP Proyectos, Structural
SES, Energy Model
SETRI, LEED Consulting