Robotmother wanted an office space for their operations including maintenance space for Miles who looks after all the maintenance of Jubilee Wharf, accommodation for bands playing at Peapods Cafe, compost toilet with poo tanks in the hull, wood chip boiler, office space with separate meeting room and mezzanine level for Peapods admin. All highly insulated.
York House School, an independent K–12 for girls, has been located in the heart of Vancouver’s heritage Shaughnessy neighborhood since 1932. The forward-looking Institute required a new senior school building with a mandate that included the incorporation of energy efficient systems, the maximization of natural lighting, and the provision of flexible work spaces to accommodate 21st-century teaching practices. The new senior school was also required to unify the 144,721ft2 (13,445m2) campus, which comprised several buildings of various styles that had been added over an 80-year span.
Principal-in-charge: Mark Ostry, ARCHITECT AIBC AAA SAA OAA FRAIC
Project Lead: Susan Ockwell, ARCHITECT AIBC LEED AP
Team: Russell Acton, ARCHITECT AIBC AAA SAA OAA FRAIC; Nathaniel Straathof, ARCHITECT AIBC LEED, AP; Ryan McCuaig, ARCHITECT AIBC, CP, MRAIC, LEED AP; Michael Fugeta, MArch IA; Sergei Vakhrameev, MArch
Structural Engineer: Fast & Epp
Mechanical Engineer: MCW Consultants Ltd.
Electrical Engineer: Acumen Engineering Pte Ltd:
Landscape Architect: PWL Partnership Landscape Architects Inc.
Contractor: Haebler Construction Ltd.
Code: Gage Babcock & Associates Ltd.
Acoustic: Daniel Lyzun & Associates Ltd./ Rowan Williams Davies and Irwin Inc.
Envelope: Morrison Hershfield Ltd.
Environmental: A.C.M. Environmental
Geotechnical: Exp Associates Inc.
Specifications: Padley Consulting Inc.
Awards & Recognition
2014 City of Vancouver Urban Design Award
2015 ACEC-BC Award of Merit for Engineering Excellence
The project’s main aim is to provide a space as large as possible for children and staff thus creating exciting situations through a combination of a clearly structured room design and the topography of the roof landscape. The kindergarten is designed as a passive house with lowest possible energy use.
ELEMENTARY AND PRIMARY SCHOOL IN OPEN LANDSCAPE | OPEN CALL ORGANISED BY THE FLEMISH GOVERNMENT ARCHITECT, 2nd LAUREATE
The historical permanent presence of the polder landscape is experienced as a quality of the site that is to be protected, and it is also used as a source of design choices. The typology of the school buildings is designed analogous to that of the polder farms as solitary volumes in the landscape. The outdoor space is structured as a landscape similar to the diverse and flexible patchwork of different fields in the polder.
Inspired by both agricultural buildings in the area as well as a hundred years of the site as orchard and farm, the Orchard house utilizes simple forms, materials and minimal details to create a weekend retreat and reprieve for the owners and their family.
A meandering drive through meadow fields leads to a semi-public entry garden where cars are kept at a distance and the structure offers only glimpses of life within; visible through a louvered sunscreen wall and the strategically placed punctures that frame precise views of the gardens and distant farm fields.
This ocean front residence captures the sense of indoor-outdoor living by introducing large cantilevered decks and roof decks. Designed for an active family who loves to cook and entertain, the ability to do so on each level is a driving element. As a measure to preserve the integrity of the dune, the house is pulled back from it to create three distinct experiences on each level. The ground level is nestled behind the dune and provides for a mixed wood and concrete paved patio with a pool, outdoor fireplace and covered ping-pong area. Areas on this level intended for storage and lower level entry are enclosed by a combination of glass and concrete walls. The main floor is accessed from an exterior cantilevered stair that leads to the central light filled atrium. This main level houses all the bedrooms and a centrally located family room. This house is designed as an upside down house, giving the most spectacular views to the living, dining and kitchen on the top floor. This floor takes advantage not only of the southern exposure and views, but provides for adequate solar control. The main deck allows for an extensive herb and vegetable garden, outdoor cooking, entertaining, and lounging.
This is a house for the family of three.
Tanada, terraced paddy field, widely appears to its south and the west. My first visiting of this site was in early summer, three years ago. Bright green and reflection of water of the rice field just after the rice-planting, natural sounds of breeze rusting the leaves of lemon trees and Magnolia figo slightly and sound of running water from the waterway had created comfortable scenery there. It was calm place and there was nothing to cutting off my view from the site.