In the regional LafargeHolcim Awards, four projects in each region receive an Acknowledgement prize. In North America, these prizes all went to authors in the United States. A team from the University of Arkansas Community Design Center in Fayetteville, AR, developed an urban watershed plan to improve an entire region in Conway, AR. LEVER Architecture andproject^ in Portland, OR, designed a prototype high-rise completely made of wood for their city. Johnston Marklee in Los Angeles plan to renovate and expand the UCLA Graduate Art Studios in Culver City, CA, exclusively using sustainable materials and methods; and Terreform ONE in Brooklyn, NY, developed a modular-design farm for edible insects in New York City.Read more »
The proposed building provides a new home for the Warner Graduate Art Studios at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) on the site of a former wallpaper factory in Culver City, Los Angeles County. The project’s basic objectives are twofold: to rehabilitate existing urban and architectural elements – through adaptive reuse and complementary additions; and to frame a discourse on the role of mundane construction as the generator of space and form. Under the motto “Adapting for a Flexible Future”, the new addition – an L-shaped building comprised of naturally ventilated spaces and a series of outdoor courtyards – is designed in such a way as to accommodate forthcoming changes. While stitching the new complex into the surrounding fabric, the project fuses together new and old structures to allow differentiated and yet unanticipated uses to unfold freely.
The jury appreciated the idea to bring a nondescript building back to life through new construction, a design respectful of the existing structure, while introducing new spatial qualities to the entire ensemble. A dialog is established between past and present, for an educational facility directed toward the future – a dialog most clearly expressed in the sequence of spaces at the intersection of the “new” and the “old”. The jury valued the efforts undertaken to integrate low-technology principles in the design, without falling into clichés of “sustainability”. Economic, contextual, and environmental aspects are combined to form a sophisticated building in an extraordinary approach for an ordinary structure. The project gives due credit to an understanding of sustainability as a “common sense” culture, contributing to an elemental construction of poetic expression.See more
The building integrates elemental construction methods in a new approach to spaces for exploratory studio production. Rather than adding layers of sustainable technology, the design distills the performance of each of its components. New 25cm thick concrete tilt-up walls obviate the need for waterproofing membranes and insulation, and minimize construction waste. The walls provide thermal mass on southwest zones, enclosing interior and exterior commingling workshops, classrooms, galleries and gardens. The lightweight roof minimizes opaque enclosure in favor of diffusing sunlight with polycarbonate panels which shade unconditioned work zones. The fluidity of interior and exterior space maximizes the benefits of passive ventilation through roof venting over conditioned air distribution.
Sustainable resource management
The primary goal of the Graduate Art Studios is to retain the provisional character of the existing studios while incorporating essential student facilities. The new addition – an L-shaped building comprised of conditioned and naturally ventilated spaces – is inherently adaptive to future change by fusing together new and old structures to allow differentiated use to unfold freely, while stitching the new complex into the surrounding fabric. The total occupiable area of the site increases by half, and 19 % of the new building is reimagined as cost effective, passively cooled and shaded outdoor communal production space. Using tilt up concrete over a precast saves construction time and USD 800,000 in material transport costs. The project is financed by local philanthropic sources.
Adapting for a flexible future
21st century creative learning environments must address their environmental context and the demands for continuous change in production space. Through adaptive reuse and new construction – employing the industrial vernacular bow truss roof and tilt-up wall – our design treats space as infrastructure where combinations of underdetermined program spaces intertwine individual studios and shared laboratory spaces with concentrated areas of mechanical cooling. The longevity of this inherently adaptive building comes from a focus on the fundamentals of proportion, atmosphere and material economy. The architecture optimizes sequence and adjacency on the interior as well as connections to the surrounding city on the exterior in an exceptional industrial space that is informal enough to create in.See more
UCLA Warner Graduate Art Studio renovation and addition, Culver City, CA, USA - The project’s basic objectives are …