In 2007 I visited one of the most talked about autism buildings at the time, the Netley Primary School Autistic Unit in London, England. To my surprise, the building did not look or function in the way the publication material had depicted it. The teachers I interviewed said the views from the nearly wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling windows were too distracting for the students. Their solution was to cover ¾ of the windows with paper. On top of making the building look somewhat rundown, this solution appeared to hinder the lighting design that originally depended on more daylight. The lesson for future projects seemed obvious; limit views and adjust the lighting accordingly. That is the conclusion I drew, and apparently so did Haverstock Associates, the firm that designed Netley.
After Netley, Haverstock Associates adjusted their approach for the recently finished Kentish Town School Autistic Resource Base. At Kentish Town, Haverstock scaled back the amount of exterior views by employing opaque walls that allow light in but limit views out. There are still a few large views to the outside, and the opaque walls are punctuated every so often with small clear glass windows, mostly above eye-level, but the approach is noticeably different from the one used at Netley (for Kentish Town project images see here). But is the conclusion about limiting views correct? Perhaps, but it might be something else. Maybe what is viewed matters more than how much is viewed.
Architects: GH+A | Guillermo Hevia
Location: Pudahuel, Santiago, Chile
Project Team: Tomás Villalón A., Francisco Carrión G, Robin Renner
Client: Villar Hermanos S.A.
Contractor: Pitágora S.A.
Climate Consultant: BIOTECH Chile Consultores Ltda.
Exterior Skin: Hunter Douglas
Project Area: 7,170 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Nico Saieh, Guillermo Hevia H., Javier González
“White”, a gallery installation produced by the 20 students of Studio 400, a fifth-year architectural design studio at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, served to present each of the student’s research books. The installation was designed, developed, fabricated,…
Architect: José Neves
Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Construction Year: 2009-2011
Collaborators: Rui Sousa Pinto, Ana Belo, André Matos, Filipe Cameira, Martim Enes Dias, Nuno Florêncio, Steven Evans, Vitor Quaresma; João Pernão, Maria Capelo
Landscape Architecture: F|C
Engineering: Betar, SM&LM, PEN, Natural Works
Client: Parque Escolar
Photographs: Laura Castro Caldas & Paulo Cintra, João Morgado
The winners of the Global Holcim Awards 2012 were recently announced which asked participants to design a project for a school in Gando, Burkina Faso, a community center in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and a plan for urban renewal in Berlin, Germany. These outstanding sustainable construction projects were selected from 15 finalists by a panel of independent experts led by Enrique Norten. More images and information on the winning designs after the break.
Architects: Carmen Izquierdo
Location: Domkyrkoplan, Lund, Sweden
Project Managers: Carmen Izquierdo& Andreas Hiller
Collaborating Architects: Andreas Hermansson, Erik Törnkvist, Isabel Gonzaga, Malin Belfrage
Client: Domkyrkrådet i Lund
New Buiding Size: 1,617 sqm
Project Years: 2010-2011
Photographs: Lindman Photography
The semiannual journal SOILED, published by CARTOGRAM Architecture + Urban Design…, has released its third issue, entitled Platescrapers, which probes edible encounters at the intersection of inhabited spaces and the processes of cultivating, peddling, and devouring. It posits that
Architects: Saraiva + Associados - PINEARQ
Location: Av. Carlos Teixeira, Loures, Portugal
Design Team: Nuno Mona, Luís Francisco, Joana Peres, Rita Carvalho, Bruno Pereira, Paulo Sousa, Ricardo Gago, Maria João Moreira, Rafael Azriel, Manuela Tamborino, Vera Coimbra, Rita Ribeiro, Mariana Lucena, Ana Ramos, Hugo Baptista, Rui Carvalho
Client: ConsisLoures Consortium
Total Plot Area: 166,000 sqm
Project Leader: Luís Barros
Photographer: FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sérgio Guerra
Corgan & SOM Team Wins GSA Design Competition for the Social Security Administration National Support Center
The General Services Administration (GSA) has awarded Corgan Associates, Inc., and its design partner, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) the design of the new Social Security Administration (SSA) National Support Center (NSC) as part of the Hensel Phelps Design-Build team. Located in Northeast Maryland, the new 280,000 ft2 office and data center will replace the existing outdated National Computer Center with a high-performance sustainable design that is expected to achieve LEED® GOLD Certification from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). Continue reading for more information.
Location: San Fernando. Cádiz
Partners In Charge (Eddea): Ignacio Laguillo (Project and Supervision Site); Harald Schönegger (Project); Luis Ybarra (Project)
Design Team: Francisco Marqués, Margarita Díaz, Rosalino Daza, José Manuel Ruiz, Alejandro de la Torre, Felipe Clemente, Miguel Sibón
Original Project Architect: Fernando Cavestany
Area: 2460.0 sqm
Photographs: Javier Orive, José Hevia
d3 is pleased to announce the winners of the 2012 Housing Tomorrow competition. The annual competition promotes the exploration of contextual, cultural, and life cycle flows that offer new housing strategies for living in the future. Sponsored by New York-based d3, the competition invites architects, designers, engineers, and students to collectively explore innovative approaches to residential urbanism, architecture, interiors, and designed objects.
d3 recognizes innovative strategies that challenge conventional housing typologies with emerging planning strategies, advanced technologies and alternative materials. Competition submissions for 2012 reflect forces of globalization and adaptation, as well as the changing nature of visualization in academia and professional design practice. As an annual competition, d3 Housing Tomorrow seeks to identify and celebrate emerging voices and visionary proposals that connect housing with people, context and ecologies.
Continue after the break to view the three winners and twelve honorable mentions selected by the jury.
Receiving second-place in the Classic Siftung Weimar international competition for the New Bauhaus Museum, the proposal by Architekten HRK (Klaus Krauss and Rolf Kursawe, Cologne) enhances the public access into Weimarhallenpark. The distinctive form of the museum creates a strong impression in the urban setting and is characterised by the cleverly staggered arrangement of the elongated structures. The proposal is also impressive in terms of its interior design qualities. The central interior space creates a unique, independent and attractive flair for the New Bauhaus Museum. Continue after the break for more images.