The most recent unveiled project is an analog of Haw’s workspace, by employing technologies both long-proven and cutting-edge. For Serena del Mar, an academic and administrative building for the Universidad de los Andes School of Management in Cartagena, Colombia, Haw divided 18,000 sq ft into two four-story buildings linked by overhead decks. Drawing inspiration from traditional Cartagena architecture, he configured the wedge-shaped volumes to funnel northerly breezes into the shaded courtyard; the wind grazes pools of water for further cooling. Precast-concrete fins also nod to sustainable vernacular architecture, though extensive digital modeling is credited for producing shade while preserving occupant’s views.
By David Sokol