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.
Maison Glacé in Toronto, Canada by ELASTICOSPA Stefano Pujatti Architetti
November 21st, 2017 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: ELASTICOSPA Stefano Pujatti Architetti
ELASTICOSPA wins an Award at Archmarathon in Miami with the Maison Glacé project
There must be a difference in designing a home in Toronto as opposed to Turin: two very culturally different cities, different also in size and morphology.
Stefano Pujatti, founder of studio ELASTICOSPA must have asked himself this question often, when he decided to open the second headquarters of his studio in the Canadian metropolis.
The Maison Glacé project – thanks to which the Studio won in the Visioning category of the Archmarathon Awards in Miami – is an important design response to the theme of sustainability, a reflection on how to design by transforming the “problem” into a solution and the peculiarities into instruments characterizing the structure.
The theme of energy savings is at the center of architectural works, but is often limited to addressing the question by applying previously validated rules and choosing materials that can easily be controlled. What would happen if you decided to start from another perspective? What if you were to analyze the qualities or the problems of a specific site, and use them to design buildings that can truly be said to belong to that place and no other?
Maison Glacé is an experiment that seeks to connect the building to the territory through what most greatly characterizes the latter: the cold.
The cold – the ice – is used to protect from the cold.
Maison Glacé is a single-family house with guest house annex that will be protected from the sharp cold and freezing winds caused by its proximity to Lake Ontario thanks to a crust of ice that will form in the first cold days, and that will protect the house throughout the winter.
A project that will soon be created, and that aims to become a “Case Study” in the construction of new housing solutions for the indigenous peoples who inhabit those regions of Canada characterized by very cold days throughout the year.
The jury awarded the ELASTICOSPA+KFA project because it proposes an innovative, but at that same time viable solution, and because it takes into account the increasingly drastic and sudden climate changes.
A reflection on how to design for the future, using lateral thinking, obtaining energetically sustainable structures.
Architect Pujatti, who has recently opened a studio in Toronto, does not see himself as a “sustainable” architect. He is well aware that all elements defining a project are fruit of mediation, from the use of materials to the spatial layout. The strive for a result that also satisfies a personal code of ethics (and consequently a sustainable vision) is a compromise the designer has to make with himself and one he cannot back out of: this is not so much a mission, but an unavoidable component of his activity as an architect.