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Library and Classroom Building, Langara College

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.

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The finalized Library and Classroom Building is performing well
Holcim Awards Acknowledgement prize for school building project in Vancouver
“Systematic approach to achieving a sensible urban ecology” – Holcim Awards Jury
Project Entry 2005 for North America
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Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Stephen Richard Teeple
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Stephen Richard Teeple
Teeple Architects, Canada
Acknowledgement prize 2005
North America
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