My Master of Architecture thesis project was a new building for one of the animal shelters in Budapest. The organization that runs the animal shelter often lack the funds for heating and maintenance, which creates uncomfortable, sometimes unhealthy environments for the animals living there and also the visitors, future pet owners. I thought it would be essential to design a low-energy building, which would decrease the operating expenses, while creating a space that is hygienic and beneficial for the inhabitants of the shelter.
I designed a complex, which can utilize solar energy for heating and cooling with OM solar system, for ventilation through solar chimneys and for producing hot water using solar panels.
The animals are placed in multiple buildings in order to get the most possible sunshine on their roof and to prevent the spread of diseases.
The solar chimneys give the characteristic shape of the buildings. The metal cladding serves as a heated surface for the OM solar system.