In our final lecture Bill Sherman spoke of different case studies and how they utilize systems.  It was a great wrap-up to the semester to see how beautiful buildings can be designed, not around these systems, but with them, adding to the character of the building and making them beautiful.

The building I was most fascinated with was the Sidwell  Friend’s School in Washington D.C.  by Kiran Timberlake Associates,  Andropogon Associates, and Natural Systems International.  In the building, a wetland system is constructed where water is coming through building through primary filters inter bio squalls and getting recycled for grey water.  Through the center of the building/space (courtyard) is the water treatment plant for the building.   I think the idea of the treatment plant in the center of the structure is a great thing because it represents the systems between nature and the built structure.  A storm water system is also implemented where direct runoff from the building’s green roof falls into a pond that students can use for biology research.

To learn more about the building take the Green Building Tour:

 Enzyme Corporate Headquarters, Cambridge, MA/USA

  • This building allowed for new ways of thinking because it was done in a completely non-standard practice.  It introduces the contrast of sparkle/flashes of light that is rather engaging.  These harsh blinks allow for an interesting aspect that is unlike most buildings that aim for a clean light going through the building.

 Institute for Forestry and Nature Research, Alterral, Netherlands

  • Becomes a solar greenhouse with gardens
  • Buildings become narrow slivers between garden machines
  • Building needs almost nothing in terms of energy consumption

Senscity Paradise, Vegas

  • “oasis”
  • Architecture that transforms that climate and environment
  • PP panels

Harvard’s Allston Science complex, Massachusetts

  • air
  • 4 billion dollars
  • Complexof academic and research buildings
  • City on the other side of the river
  • Highly integrated
  • High tech urban setting
  • Often dealing with high tech systems – heat exchangers carried through the building and out
  • Labs huge energy consumers so important