Acting as a bridge between the built-up fabric of Whistler Village and the adjacent community park, the library provides a bold civic facility and is both a showpiece of sustainable design and a contemporary response to its mountain resort context. Design features include innovative prefabricated wood roof panels, locally quarried basalt and a large gently sloping green roof. The new south facing entry plaza provides an important new civic space, while support spaces such as an end-of-trip shower and change facility for bicycle and cross country ski commuters ensured that this was the first LEED® Gold certified library in Canada.
Lieutenant Governor of BC Awards for Architecture
Wood Design Real Cedar Award
BC Wood Design Award
(Hughes Condon Marler Architects)
Hughes Condon Marler Architects (HCMA), . (n.d.). Whistler public library. Retrieved from http://hcma.ca/whistler-public-library/?ref=15
Outlandia has been shortlisted for The Architects’ Journal Small Projects 2011.
Outlandia is inspired by childhood dens, wildlife hides and bothies, by forest outlaws and Japanese poetry platforms. It is located in a copse of Norwegian Spruce and Larch on Forestry Commission land, at the foot of Ben Nevis in the Scottish Highlands, two miles from the town of Fort William. Outlandia is an artist-led project built to foster links between creativity and the environment. (Outlandia, 2011)
2011 Skyscraper Competition*
Osama Mohamed Elghannam, Karim Mohamed Elnabawy, Mohamed Ahmed Khamis, Nesma Mohamed Abobakr
The city of Cairo, in Egypt, has become one of the most polluted cities worldwide. The idea behind this proposal is to recycle the city’s waste and use it as building material for large-scale development that could eventually become a city in itself.
The project is composed of an exoskeleton where different types of living and working units could be plugged-in. Each unit is designed with a specific program in mind – from small ones for single families to large ones for recreational areas such as parks and sports facilities. Hundreds of terraces are used for agriculture and rainwater collection, while specific sites are used to bury organic waste and produce biogas, electricity, and fertilizers.* Established in 2006, the annual Skyscraper Competition recognizes outstanding ideas that redefine skyscraper design through the use of new technologies, materials, programs, aesthetics, and spatial organizations, along with studies on globalization, flexibility, adaptability, and the digital revolution. This is also an investigation on the public and private space and the role of the individual and the collective in the creation of a dynamic and adaptive vertical community. The award seeks to discover young talent, whose ideas will change the way we understand architecture and its relationship with the natural and built environments.(ADMIN, 2011)
Siamak Hariri, Partner-in-Charge
This residence employs two volumes with carefully choreographed openings that address the public street while maintaining the importance of domestic intimacy and privacy. The back of the house takes advantage of its ravine setting with a design of transparency that maximizes the natural light and provides natural landscape vistas. Employing a vocabulary of enduring materials of French limestone, roughcast stucco, and teak windows, the house underscores the client’s desire to create a generational home.
2010 Tucker Design Award, Building Stone Institute Award of Excellence
To power this self sufficient ambiant lamp, only a few drops of water are enough. Energy is produced by an hydro-electric battery composed of a carbon stick coated with magnesium powder. The water generates an electro chemical reaction that generates light. (Leblanc)
Leblanc, M. (n.d.). Manon leblanc . Retrieved from http://www.manon-leblanc.com/?section=portfolio
Originally constructed in 1939, the brick colonial stule house was rebuilt as a composition of modern form and timeless materials. As a reinvention of the existing massing, linear stucco walls conceptually wrap and protect a stone pavilion inserted within. This massing reflects the divisions of public and private spaces within the house. The massive entry door interrupts the facade and open to the gallery and circulation spine. To the north lies the kitchen is the library, double-height living room and outdoor room. Taut minimal stairs lead up to a bridge on the second floor which overlooks the living room and culminates at the floating third floor, a device used to bright light deep within the core volume. (David Jameson Architect Inc.)
- 2006 Baltimore AIA / Baltimore Magazine Award of Excellence
- 2006 Custom Home Magazine Merit Award
- 2006 Virginia Society AIA Award for Excellence in Architecture
David Jameson Architect Inc., Initials. (n.d.). Calem Rubin Residence. Retrieved from http://www.davidjamesonarchitect.com/
See more of the interior…Modern Single-Family Home: The Calem-Rubin Residence by David Jameson (Freshome – Interior Design, Decorating & Architecture Magazine)
An art studio made with two side-by-side steel shipping containers perched on top of a foundation wall -with interior ceiling height of 18′ in the studio proper. (Maziar Behrooz Architecture)
Maziar Behrooz Architecture, Initials. (n.d.). prefab: containers. Retrieved from http://www.mbarchitecture.com/container-studio/
This new residential dwelling is situated in Swellendam at the door-step of the breathtaking mountains and valleys of Langeberg Mountains – a view so magnificent that the locals have named it “God’s Window.” It was because of this exquisite setting that simple forms and materials were chosen for the architecture, in order to facilitate a subtle intervention – to “lie gently” on the landscape. The buildings were constructed using largely local textures and materials reminiscent of its distinctly Southern African origins. In addition to the architecture itself, efforts were made to make the house and the land itself more sustainable. For example, the land was cleared of non-native invading species, like the black wattle. Also, all the water used in the house is harvested from the site itself, and as a result there is no connection to the municipal water supply line, making the house self-sustaining from a water perspective.
The buildings that comprise the house, while simple in form and texture, are intentionally oriented on the site to engage the surroundings. The house is composed of three discrete box structures forming three edges of a private courtyard. The largest box form contains the public areas – the entertainment, living, and kitchen spaces. This box, with its glass façade and uplifted roof, opens itself up completely to its surrounding. In contrast, the smaller boxes, flanking to form either side of the courtyard, include the private domains of the bedroom and bathrooms, and on one side, a movie room. These buildings are made of thick masonry walls and concrete roofs, which form cave-like, intimate spaces where one can retreat for solitary quietude. The purposeful orientation of these three buildings as perimeters to a courtyard creates a spatial relationship with the mountains, which, in essence, form the last perimeter of the courtyard. Moreover, the structural and material qualities of these buildings, accentuated even further with the line of the main roof structure ascending towards the sky, is in direct dialogue with “God’s Window” – as if the earth were communing with the heavens. (GASS)
GASS, . (n.d.). Swellendam. Retrieved from http://www.gass.co.za/index.php/portfolio/swellendam/16
Seattle, WA, Constructed 2006-2008, 6,000 SF.
The house is carefully planned and sited to create five outdoor “rooms” with distinct characteristics: a grassed front entry yard, a partially covered private sunning patio, a high-bank view lawn (perfect for croquet), and two upper decks. (Hutchison, & Maul)
Architect: Peter Cohan; Associate Architect: Hutchison & Maul Architecture
Structural Engineer: Swenson Say Faget
Landscape Architect: Barbara Swift & Co.
Contractor: Schultz Miller.