A tectonic formed building in Kingston, ON, Canada which integrates the environment in an aesthetically refined contextual response and delivers a cultivated architectural expression of energy-saving technology received an Acknowledgement prize.Prizes awarded to sustainable construction projects in North America »
The work is innovative in striving to implement solutions involving sustainable construction that are not necessarily high-tech, but are rather more integral to the tectonic form of the building. The project displays a contextual sensitivity, responding poetically to the natural terrain and topographical setting. By proposing to utilize nearby lake water as the primary resource for a deep water-cooling system, this scheme is important in promoting transferability and raising awareness of an available and renewable natural energy source.
Of equal significance is the attempt to offset initial installation costs of the energy system with long-term calculations of projected savings. Deploying carefully considered technologies, the project is commended for pursuing minimal environmental impact while creatively making use of natural means to achieve maximum climatic comfort on behalf of the users.
Such considerations are successfully extended to the landscaping of the site that provide for a controlled dissipation of rain water through the use of retention ponds and permeable parking surfaces. The effort to integrate the building with the environment results in an aesthetically refined contextual response and a cultivated architectural expression of energy-saving technology.See more
As part of a larger master plan for a new research park in Canada, the headquarters building draws on innovative technologies for regulating the climate of the facility. By proposing to utilize nearby lake water as the primary resource for a deep water-cooling system, this scheme is important in promoting transferable solutions for energy conservation through the use of an available and renewable resource.
Of equal significance is the attempt to offset initial installation costs with long-term calculations of projected savings. The entry is also merited for its sensitivity to the surroundings and its minimal impact in the environment. The work successfully demonstrates that sustainable construction need not necessarily involve costly high-tech products and procedures. Instead, an effort is made to deliver a high-performance envelope made of simple materials that deliver maximum return while remaining discreet in appearance.Download project entry poster (PDF, 1.14 MB) »See more
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