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2010 AIA Housing Award Recipient

Category 4: Specialized Housing

The Housing Tower


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    JURY COMMENTS

    An architecturally strong and
    succinct solution!

    Very disciplined use of a limited
    material palette and highly
    respectful of context.

    Innovative air movement
    strategies ventilate the
    apartments, important for a
    building of this type. This natural
    ventilation promotes good indoor
    air quality and reduces energy
    use.

 


    2010 AIA Housing Awards
    Jury

    Andrew V. Porth, AIA, chair
    Porth Architects, Inc.
    Red Lodge, Mont.

    Natalye Appel, FAIA
    Natalye Appel + Associates
    Architects
    Houston

    Geoffrey Goldberg, AIA
    G. Goldberg and Associates
    Chicago

    Grace Kim, AIA
    Schemata Workshop
    Seattle

    Jane Kolleeny
    Architectural Record
    and
    GreenSource

    New York City

 

Architect

The Rose + Guggenheimer Studio

   

Owner

Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health

   

Location

Stockbridge, Mass.


Notes of Interest

Phase One in this extensive master plan connects a new, compact, 80-room residential dormitory to the existing retreat building.

Utilizing sliding sun screens, radiant cooling and heating, daylighting and natural ventilation, and a sophisticated yet deceptively simple site strategy, the Housing Tower establishes itself as a cornerstone of sustainability for the institution while enabling human connections to the Berkshire context in all seasons.

Though expansive, the project fits into an economically scaled plan and section, growing upward rather than outward. Radiant cooling and heating modulate temperature changes via the thermal mass of the concrete structure. When combined with natural ventilation, a slatted-wood rain-screen, and a highly insulated envelope, the integrated architectural design and climate control strategy consumes 40% less energy than a typical discrete forced-air based system.

Moderating between interior and exterior, the pressure equalized rain-screen includes a water membrane protected by Cypress slats. A moveable sun-screen of the same material slides in front of each guest-room window, and provides a visceral connection to the Berkshire context. Moving the screen by hand to modulate heat gain, guests see the shadows change, and feel the temperature of the wood, while the breeze stirs the room with the smell of Cypress. Natural light reaches past the operable windows and through a glazed partition into shower and bathroom, brightening the entire space with no need for electric light during the day.

ADDITIONAL CREDITS

Consultant

 

ICOR Associates
Transsolar Klimaengineering

     

Engineer

 

Richmond So Associates

     

General Contractor

 

Barr & Barr Inc, Builders

     

Landscape Architect

 

Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates

     

Photo Credit

 

© Matthew Snyder

 

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