Located in Canada, this entry is driven from the outset by a concern for sustainable construction. The authors are merited for their innovative effort to produce a facility that reflects the environmental factors to which it responds, most notably variable wind conditions. Such forces are put to work in an ingenious way by the warped concrete roof that is shaped so as to increase the velocity of air currents, thus eliminating the need for mechanical ventilation.
Last updated: April 07, 2005 Vancouver, Canada
Cooling is facilitated throughout by wind towers that pull fresh air upward through the building, while natural light is directed downward into the interior. Much consideration is also given to how the building is situated in the larger context of the campus. The work is as convincing economically as it is aesthetically. Furthermore, the proposal provides a clear vision for community improvement at both the planning and architectural levels of design.