October 27, 2011
Designed by Boora Architects, the Adidas Campus in Portland, Oregon was an adaptive reuse of an old hospital. Located close the the downtown it strikes a distinguishing contrast from the suburban Nike campus outside the city. The architecture is bold and colorful giving it a distinct character and offering some playfulness to the Adidas brand.
October 19, 2011
A fantastic piece of contemporary architecture, with a nickname that aptly describes the building, The Gherkin is one of the many Norman Foster designed buildings to grace the London skyline. WIth it's curving facade and spiraling tinted glass, this building sparkles within the midst of the financial district, becoming an architectural icon on par with Richard Rogers' Lloyds Buildings
October 17, 2011
Some Ideas on Living in London and Tokyo is an excellent juxtaposition of the work of two outstanding contemporary architects. It presents a series of residential projects designed by Ryue Nishizawa - one of the founding partners of the Pritzker Prize winning firm Sanaa - followed by a series of projects by London based architect Stephen Taylor.
The beauty of this publication by the Canadian Center for Architecture and Lars Muller Publishers is that it presents each design as a process. It follows the buildings from early conceptual models, sketches, renderings, and developed drawings through to images of the built conclusions. It demonstrates that great architecture is not an isolate vision by rather is a product of hundreds of iterations of a design. An idea is massaged and altered slowly through experimentation before it evolves into it's elegant and simple resolution.
Some Ideas on Living in London and Tokyo
editor: giovanna borasi
publishers: canadian centre for architecture & lars müller publishers
size: 160 pages, 15 x 21 cm
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October 10, 2011
The building is expected to us 65 kilowatt-hours of energy
per square meter per year. This positions the new Center of
Excellence as one of the most energy efficient in North
Okanagan College’s Centre of Excellence, which will mark its grand opening this fall, is designed to the standards of the Living Building Challenge, the most rigorous sustainability program on the planet. The challenge requires projects to meet a stringent list of qualifications, including net-zero energy and water consumption, and address critical environmental, social and economic factors. Successful Living Building Challenge projects are only certified if they prove they meet program requirements after 12 months of continued operations and full occupancy. At 6,780 square metres, the Centre of Excellence is currently one of the largest buildings to pursue Living Building certification.
The largest array of photovoltaic solar panels in Western
Canada generates electricity for the Okanagan College
Center of Excellence.
Innovative sustainability components throughout the building add up to make the Centre of Excellence one of the greenest educational facilities in the world. These include net-zero energy and water consumption made possible through features such as an in-floor radiant heating and cooling system, using an on-site water source drawn from 61 metres below the building; the largest array of photovoltaic solar panels in Western Canada; and composite concrete/wood panels in the gymnasium that contain piping for heating and cooling and are the first of their kind in North America. Nearly 100 per cent of the wood in the building is B.C.-sourced, including local pine from beetle-infested forests in the Okanagan.
For the first time in North America, the walls are built with
composite panels, a combination of concrete and glulam
that are light and strong. These walls have heating and
cooling piping inside with electrical conduits and ventilation
“The Okanagan College Centre of Excellence is a building that will help teach and spread the latest ideas and innovations in the green building movement, and that is so powerful,” says Jason F. McLennan(unrelated to Tim McLennan), CEO of the International Living Future Institute, the organization that created and oversees the Living Building Challenge. “It’s an exciting project and it will be very interesting to see how it influences others in the region, and around the world.”
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October 6, 2011
Tribute to Steve Jobs, Chairman of Apple
6 October 2011
With my colleagues I would like to pay tribute to Steve Jobs. Like so many millions our lives have been profoundly and positively influenced by the innovations pioneered by Steve and Apple, names which are inseparable.
We were greatly privileged to know Steve as a person, as a friend and in every way so much more than a client. Steve was an inspiration and a role model. He encouraged us to develop new ways of looking at design to reflect his unique ability to weave backwards and forwards between grand strategy and the minutiae of the tiniest of internal fittings. For him no detail was small in its significance and he would be simultaneously questioning the headlines of our project together whilst he delved into its fine print.
He was the ultimate perfectionist and demanded of himself as he demanded of others. We are better as individuals and certainly wiser as architects through the experience of the last two years and more of working for him. His participation was so intense and creative that our memory will be that of working with one of the truly great designers and mentors.
Chairman + Founder of Foster + Partners