Differing from a typical factory, Fab 15 integrates a greenbelt, a central atrium and a screening system to enable both production efficiency and an interaction between workers and nature. From an atrium filled with natural light to a screening system with native vines, nature is at once a part of the fab's daily functioning and a visible architectural landmark.
Fab 15 consists of production facilities, offices and a utility plant. Surrounding the site is a continuous greenbelt planted with indigenous Sapindus and Chinaberry. As swallows, doves and butterflies abound, the greenbelt unifies the campus and fosters an ecosystem specific to the site’s characteristics. Given a hillside location, the greenbelt further acts as retention walls and retains rainwater for reuse. Together, the greenbelt and its habitats form a place of respite for the workers and make apparent a corporation’s social responsibility to both its employees and the environment.
Fab 15 is layered in a series of horizontal and vertical massing. The offices in particular incorporate a vertical unit – lifted for maximizing daylight – with a horizontal bar split by a central atrium. The atrium consolidates circulation and provides natural ventilation through the automatic shutters atop. Passive cooling from the adjoining offices allows the atrium to remain free of air-conditioning while the north facing skylights further reduce energy consumption to reach net zero carbon emission. A large canopy equipped with solar panels extends from the atrium to the adjacent fab to minimize heat gain from the fully-glazed façades and double as a marker for the entrance.
Along the sides of the campus screening panels introduce a layer of smaller- scaled units. Formally contrasting the long and massive high walls behind, the screenings add shading and visually define the project’s identity. In particular screening panels created from the assemblage of solar panels, shades and greenery front the major roads adjacent to the site. As elements of nature stem from the screening to the atrium and the greenbelt, Fab 15 goes beyond achieving statistical performances to establish a green factory for work, people and the environment.