A Studio Ma concept for ASU’s planned ISTB-7 — an interdisciplinary science and research complex with a vast atrium biome full of plants and water. (Rendering courtesy of Studio Ma)
Studio Ma unveils concept for ASU research complex
Studio Ma has unveiled their innovative, scientifically advanced building concept created for Arizona State University’s planned ISTB-7 — an interdisciplinary science and research complex with a vast atrium biome full of plants and water.
Bringing together regenerative and bioclimactic technologies, ISTB-7 is conceived as a highly sustainable science and technology center for the ASU Tempe campus. The transit-oriented solution includes a light rail station, and the structure’s climate-responsive, regenerative technologies transform it into a source of energy, water, carbon and other nutrients.
The Studio Ma design for the Interdisciplinary Science & Technology Building, or ISTB-7, ensures it will produce enough carbon, energy, water and waste to achieve triple net-zero performance. To do so, ISTB-7 building materials absorb carbon and convert it to life-giving nutrients for durable materials and enriched soil. Its atrium biome purifies waste air, and a wetlands landscape recycles water using natural, bio-based methods. Rainwater is collected, and sun shades keep the interiors cool and comfortable.
Materials incorporate ASU’s own cutting-edge scientific research on integrated carbon-capture technology. Methods to save and produce energy include air currents, evapotranspiration and photovoltaics. The complex treats and recycles sewage for use as greywater using low-energy, bio-based systems. With its rail transit connection, the complex creates a new campus gateway.