A SUSTAINABLE HABITAT FOR SURINAME: CLIMATE RESPONSIVE DESIGN FOR THE HUMID TROPICAL COUNTRY OF SURINAME

As a VWO student in Suriname I made the decision to study at the TU Delft in the Netherlands with the ambition of improving my home country of Suriname. I chose architecture, because of my fascination with the built environment. My ambition is to improve architecture in Suriname. This is the reason why I’m fascinated by Tropical Architecture. I’m interested in architectural methods that can avoid imported unnecessary materials and technology to improve the sustainability in Suriname.

“Building in the Tropics means a confrontation in terms of construction and function with extreme climatic conditions”, Wolfgang Lauber. (Lauber, 2005)

In moderate climatic zones the builder and architect combats cold and damp by using insulated external walls and sophisticated heating systems. By contrast, the architect in the Tropics must battle against heat, solar radiation, heavy rainfalls and high air humidity. To make these building comfortable without mechanical cooling systems, climate responsive design can contribute. These cooling systems use six time as much energy as space heating.(Lauber, 2005)

“Climate is clearly one of the prime factors in culture, and therefore built form. It is the mainspring for all the sensual qualities that add up to a vital tropical architecture”, Tan Hock Beng. (Hock Beng, 1994)

I’m researching Climate Responsive Design for Suriname and will use this to design a Sustainable Social Housing Project in Lelydorp, the capital of district Wanica in Suriname.

About Dion Lachman