Definition – Contextual and aesthetic impact – Place
Projects must convey a high standard of architectural quality as a prevalent form of cultural expression. With space, form and aesthetic impact of utmost significance, the material manifestation of the design must make a positive and lasting contribution to the physical, human and cultural environment.
- Improvement of existing contextual conditions responding to the natural and built environment.
- Interdependencies of landscape, infrastructure, urban fabric and architecture.
- Working with the given building stock through sensitive restoration, re-use or re-modeling of the built environment.
- Architectural quality and aesthetic impact, specifically concerning space, spatial sequences, movement, tactility of materials, light and ambiance
May 17, 2019 | "Place" Example | Dharmapuri, India
Building within a building: Adopting a concept as a response to the extremely hot semi-arid climate, the primary healthcare center near Dharmapuri in India distinguishes between a high-tech medical core and a low-tech surrounding layer. The latter serves as shaded waiting space. This project by Flying Elephant Studio in Bangalore won a Holcim Awards Acknowledgement prize 2011 Asia Pacific, and was operational at the end of that year.
January 20, 2015 | "Place" Example | Bangkok, Thailand
Addressing notoriously congested traffic conditions, this concept revives ancient canals of the city to create a modern network of waterways to supplement existing Metropolitan Rapid Transit. A train-to-boat transfer station and pier will then be built at various intersections of canal lines and rail stations. The development of water transport will reduce commuting time and provide social services at key locations, and includes flood control and pollution reduction measures.
Over a hundred years ago, these canals were being used as trade and transit routes, and a lifestyle connected to the waterways was a Thai characteristic. Palaces, ancient temples and communities are also located on the waterfront. Resurrected Canals will enhance tourism promotion as well as contemporary development.See more
October 19, 2011 | "Place" Example | Van Buren, ME, USA
The project by Julie Snow and Matthew Kreilich of Julie Snow Architects has an explicit function as a border control station on the US frontier to Canada. The design needed to meet a range of stringent regulations for safety, operation and durability and yet provide a welcoming appearance to visitors.
Sleek architectural forms are tautly wrapped and detailed with patterns derived from the region’s natural and cultural context. Abstracting Acadian land divisions and regional agrarian landforms, the site design consists of a series of mounds that simultaneously create a bio-swale system for filtering water and a cohesive experience of the site. Similar to the building’s patterning, the site’s rhythmic elements blur the distinction between secured and unsecured areas. Architecture and landscape combine to create a new cultural and ecological amenity from a former rail loading facility.
Circulation design is tailored to specific regional traffic needs and rigorous national inspection protocols. Improved traffic flow, clear pedestrian movement, increased commercial vehicle capability and the unique needs of snowmobile traffic are accommodated safely and efficiently. The design conveys a welcoming experience, responsive to the local context while conveying federal dignity and stability.See more
October 31, 2008 | "Place" Example | New Delhi, India
The design by Ashok B Lall Architects is a showcase of traditional, environmentally efficient construction materials and systems that can be economically developed for low-energy mass production and adopted by the mainstream building industry, especially in developing countries. Responding to its physical setting, Development Alternatives World Headquarters forms a visual anchor at the end of the city street on one side and shows reverence to the calm forest on the other.
The work of architecture is a symphony in masonry, with nearly a dozen types of brick, block and stone used in a variety of patterns to create walls, columns, arches, domes, floors and stairs – orchestrated to create a harmonious whole that delights the senses. The building combines modern technology with forms, materials, and elements of traditional Indian architecture to exemplify how regional design and simple means can adequately and durably meet the needs of most buildings in contemporary cities.See more