The new recently completed Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford in Palo Alto was designed by our friends at Perkins+Will, in collaboration with HGA, an integrated architecture and engineering firm, with a view towards realizing Packard Children’s future vision of itself as the nation’s most technologically advanced, eco- and family-friendly hospital for pediatrics and obstetrics. The center places a large emphasis on holistic healing, embracing ready views of and access to the outdoors, abundant natural light, and sustainable features such as water recovery and landscape irrigation, the use of recycled/reclaimed local materials, and an external shading system which reduces the need for air conditioning. Packard Children’s uses 38% less water and 60% less energy than an average Northern Californian hospital, and is on course for LEED Gold certification. All floors for patient cares feature outdoor patios with overlooks; a non-denominational sanctuary opens onto a healing garden for quiet meditation or prayer.
ANSYS Hall is to be a 36,K SqFt, 4-storey facility designed by our friends at Bohlin Cywinski Jackson for use by the College of Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). Named for the software company funding the development, the Hall will most notably feature an indoor/outdoor “maker-court”: a space in which students can develop, and create and implement prototypes. It will also house a simulation lab and research space, serving as both a resource for scholarship as well as creativity. Scheduled for completion in the summer of 2020, ANSYS Hall’s design was led by CMU alumni: Design Principal Gregory Mottola, FAIA, and Principal in Charge Kent Suhrbier, AIA.
It cannot be reasonably denied that our friends at Olson Kundig make beautiful houses, and “Cliff Dwelling”, which sits on the edge of a leafy hill-face above the Semiahmoo Bay in White Rock, BC, was designed with a view towards simultaneously creating privacy while employing a a glassy exterior to allow every room excellent views of the bay and islands and mountains in all directions (except the opposite one). Peace and quiet were also considerations: a road runs above the downward sloping site, so thick concrete walls were implemented to block out road sounds. The house covers three levels, on which one are collected the main living areas; a den, children’s bedrooms and an exercise area on another; a master suite hidden away on a level of its own. Interesting features include glass guardrails capped with steel handrails, an entry gallery, and unfinished zinc siding.
The 56,K SqFt School of International and Public Affairs, designed by our friends at Arquitectonica, is to be constructed on Florida International University (FIU)’s University Park campus, to provide the university with a technologically advanced center for a variety of educational, creative, and performance programs, as well as faculty and student research facilities. Structurally the design reflects one of the core principles of FIU as an internationalist university responding to the multicultural makeup of the city of Miami: historically, and fast becoming more than ever a monumentally important nexus of trade, finance and culture. The visually striking structure is one of the first buildings designed under the auspices of an initiative of FIU to impose LEED standards upon all new construction undertaken for the university: sustainable features of this project include solar panels, a roof with vegetation, and low-VOC content building materials.