Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
Sunnyslope Sustainable Office in Phoenix, Arizona by Marlene Imirzian & Associates Architects
November 20th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Marlene Imirzian & Associates Architects
Through simple sustainable design, the Sunnyslope Sustainable Office shows the potential to shift the paradigm of ubiquitous small Phoenix commercial lots from asphalt covered parking to a sustainable, urban place. Combining repurposed, recycled materials with native desert landscaping the modest 1950s building was renovated for the Architect’s office. At the entrance a courtyard of translucent panels is a welcoming entry and provides usable outdoor space.
A canopy of Palo Verde trees provides a natural shade cover over the entrance drive. The new drive and guest parking area is comprised of repurposed concrete from demolished residential driveways which allows rain to percolate to the underlying soil, reducing runoff and allowing much needed ground water regeneration. Interior spaces incorporate innovative use of recycled content boards in dynamic forms. The renovations rejuvenate the building and site, improve the surrounding urban fabric, and reduce negative impact on the environment.
AIA Arizona Design Award, Merit, 2011
AIA Western Mountain Region Award, Merit, 2010
Valley Forward Environmental Excellence Award, Crescordia*, 2009
The Crescordia is the highest award given annually to a project for its excellence in sustainability and design
Marlene Imirzian, FAIA
Marlene Imirzian is the founder and principal of Marlene Imirzian & Associates Architects. The firm is a regional practice with offices in Phoenix, Arizona and Escondido, California. The firm is known for its design excellence, project performance, and as a leader in integration of sustainable design practices. Her work has been awarded numerous design awards including local and regional design awards from the American Institute of Architects, and has been published internationally. The firm is ranked one of the top 50 U.S. Architecture firms for design and sustainability by Architect Magazine 2013.
Marlene has been the design team leader for all firm projects for the past seventeen years. Through her work with numerous clients she has developed a unique ability to coordinate the demands of a diverse user and owner team to develop beautiful and functional design solutions which optimize the owner’s budget and program requirements. Her work includes commercial, institutional, health care, higher education, historic preservation, and residential project types.