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The Resilient Borders Borders Water Project Binyu Xie

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The main theme behind the project is water. As Galashiles’s textiles history and current devel-opment have sparked a tendency to revive the town as the “city of textiles”, the idea of making Galashiels a comprehensive textiles centre has never lost traction. However, the other face of these initiatives is a series of issues that undermine the textile production process, due to its pollutant effect on water bodies and as a result, the health of the community. In general, the interactions between human beings and nature in relation to water to water include two entirely different aspects. They are the water pollution and the utilisation of it. My proposal primarily proposes solutions to deal with water pollution and then moves on to address the important issue of efficient water use. It will draw upon scientific research to focus on the issue directly and providen adequate space for raising people’s awareness of both water pollution as well as resource efficiency.

Other Resilient Borders 2016 Projects + Textile Centre + Textile Community Centre + Mobile Kids + Borders Design Incubator + Wellbeing Centre and Market + Borders Visual Landscape Centre + Borders Water + Skills Traditional + Open Textile Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture M.Sc. Advanced Sustainable Design 2016

Project location and site analysis

Programmatic Proposition As such, the proposal responds to these needs by providing Galashiels with a research centre and science museum that will attract studets from Herriot-Watt University by offering innovative research technology in the field, and invite community members to learn how to economise water on -site by offering educational and civic activities. The location of the site is adjacent to the existing Schofield Mill in Galashiels. There is an open esplanade next to the riverbank, connecting the existing textile industry, the river and an existing lade with the proposd programme

Projected urban intentions

Project domains

Current site form and use

Project public areas

To achieve the proposal, the research centre will collaborate closely with the Shofield Mill for a better understanding of the textile production processes. Relating to domestic water pollution area, it is directed towards raising people’s awareness and promoting a more sustainable and proactive behaviour. In addition, a civic plaza in front of the building will host outdoor proenvironmental campaigns.


The Resilient Borders Borders Water Project Binyu Xie

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Volumetric Proposition The site, which is 3.1 metres lower than the road, previously contained a housing building and some other warehouses which will be relocated for the purpose of the project. There are two open areas that play a key role in forming the building volume. Plaza 1 is for encouraging people to hold pro-environmental campaigns and Plaza 2 is for providing an opportunity for people to have an interaction with the riverbank, as it is a part of the ecological bank system. The building form responds to its immediate context, in terms of its relation with the access road and the adjacent buildings. Also, it has the ability to adapt over time, with possible expansions to include other features in the programme such as education spaces and proenvironment campaigns HQ.

Other Resilient Borders 2016 Projects + Textile Centre + Textile Community Centre + Mobile Kids + Borders Design Incubator + Wellbeing Centre and Market + Borders Visual Landscape Centre + Borders Water + Skills Traditional + Open Textile Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture M.Sc. Advanced Sustainable Design 2016

The western block is mainly for museum exhibitions spaces. Since these uses don’t need direct sunlight, the spaces are located in the centre of the building with an annular public area around with mixed functions such as exhibition, coffee and gift shop. The eastern block contains spaces for research as well as for showcasing research work on textiles production processes. Because the entire site is 2.4m lower than the road level, the lighting condition of the rooms would be affected. Furthermore, the residential blocks to the south of the site are relatively higher. As a result, the floor to ceiling height will be 5m, with high windows on the southern façade to provide adequate lighting levels. As a part of the shading system, eave A is used for connecting two blocks and separating the two civic plazas, which are for themed activities and ecological bank respectively. Eave B is used for limiting an area of outdoor exhibition and separating

Ground Floor Plan


The Resilient Borders Borders Water Project Binyu Xie

Water Cycle

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Other Resilient Borders 2016 Projects + Textile Centre + Textile Community Centre + Mobile Kids + Borders Design Incubator + Wellbeing Centre and Market + Borders Visual Landscape Centre + Borders Water + Skills Traditional + Open Textile Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture M.Sc. Advanced Sustainable Design 2016

Above: Water cycle dynamic within building. Below: Building sections of Research Centre and Science Museum. Landscape Centre Location


The Resilient Borders Borders Water Project Binyu Xie

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The project will focus on the resource of water as an energy strategy. Rainwater Harvesting Use rainwater for self-suffiency and to reduce stormwater runoff into the town’s sewage system. Additionally, this system will be visible to the public in a civic square, in order to educate the community about the value of water as a resource. Hydro¬electricity By using the river’s current and allowing water to pass through the proposed fountain area, the building will have a mill as a source of sustainable electricity. The lade will be used to generate electric¬ity for and the pumps of the water collection system, as well as the building. The system, as the rainwater harvesting system, will be accessible to the public, in order to further influence awareness and engage visitors and users with water as a possible source of energy.

Other Resilient Borders 2016 Projects + Textile Centre + Textile Community Centre + Mobile Kids + Borders Design Incubator + Wellbeing Centre and Market + Borders Visual Landscape Centre + Borders Water + Skills Traditional + Open Textile

Environmental Strategies

Water Source Heat Pump The project will reuse the warmth of the sewage. The energy capacity ranges from 462kw-1172kw depending on the rate o f the sewage. And we can use the same heat exchanger during the production pro¬cess of the textiles or at the sewer system close to the mill.

Semi Basement Catching System Detail

Hydroelectric System Detail

Turf Roof Detail Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture M.Sc. Advanced Sustainable Design 2016

Environmental Strategy Locations

Permeable Paving Detail

Detention Pond Detail


The Resilient Borders Borders Water Project Binyu Xie

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Wetland System Detail

Other Resilient Borders 2016 Projects + Textile Centre + Textile Community Centre + Mobile Kids + Borders Design Incubator + Wellbeing Centre and Market + Borders Visual Landscape Centre + Borders Water + Skills Traditional + Open Textile Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture M.Sc. Advanced Sustainable Design 2016

Water Source Heat Pump Detail

Daylighting IES Analysis By using the skylights and large area of internal windos in the corridor, natural light provides adequate levels for the laboratories on the south side. Also, the sloped roof helps avoid glare and excessive solar gains. The laboratories require around 500lux. After several adjustments in the lighting strategy, the image shows the simulated result.

Rainwater Harvesting System Detail

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