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.
Woven Stories: An energy-saving artwork for a Canadian college campus in Ontario, Canada by PLANT Architect Inc.
August 4th, 2016 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: PLANT Architect Inc.
The Woven Stories project addresses two existing conditions: a long-standing desire on Sheridan College’s part to have a mural on the highly visible west edge of its Davis Campus, and heat gain/glare issues in the fully glazed lounge space of the Rob Turner Building, which houses the college’s Faculty of Applied Health and Community Studies. The project comprises a two-layer installation of white vinyl (heat control) and printed perforated window blinds (glare control).
Sheridan hired PLANT Architect Inc. to lead the Woven Stories team and used this project to provide co-op student experience for students in its Illustration, Industrial Design, and Engineering Technology Programs. PLANT and the students developed the graphic imagery, which depicts the concepts of community, diversity and working together, through a series of charrettes and over the course of a summer work term, in consultation with Sheridan stakeholders, faculty and administration.
PLANT Partners Lisa Rapoport and Chris Pommer managed the project, which involved weekly meetings with the design students. “Every three weeks, the students were involved in making update presentations to the Faculty – our client,” says Pommer. “Decisions were made collectively. We’d critique their work and they’d go back and tweak it. They always rose to the occasion and came back with something that was much better.”
Energy modelling completed by a Sheridan Electromechanical Engineering Technology student and faculty member determined that the Woven Stories installation reduces the amount of energy needed to cool the Turner Building’s glazed study and lounge space down to a reasonable temperature on the hottest days by 33 per cent.
Chris Sisti, Sadie Marfisi, and Neil Smith were the primary Sheridan student design collaborators, and Sheridan student Nicholas Ganesh participated in the energy modelling.
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