Mauritius Commercial Bank, Port Louis, Mauritius
Energy consumption is minimised by making use of free cooling where possible and a 980 m² photovoltaic farm will further provide renewable energy. Rainwater is harvested and stored in below-ground concrete tanks and fresh air is provided using a floor displacement ventilation system.
Mauritius Commercial Bank (MCB), founded in 1838, is the oldest and largest banking institution of Mauritius. It is also the oldest banking institution south of the Sahara and one of the oldest banks of the Commonwealth to have preserved its original name.
This unusually shaped building is located outside Port Louis. The 10-storey 10,000 m² building was the first in the Southern Hemisphere to achieve a BREEAM rating, through attention to orientation, shading, renewable energy and rainwater re-use. The carefully chosen building orientation ensures that the façades face due north and south with generous overhangs which virtually eliminate all direct solar gains.
Building owner: Zenprop Property Holdings
Architects: Koenig Associates, Jean-François Koenig