Texas Architect Sept/Oct 2007: Design Awards
Texas Architect is the official publication of the Texas Society of Architects, each edition features recently completed projects and other editorial content largely written by AIA members in Texas. That collective participation was the basis of Texas Architect’s recognition by the national AIA with a 2010 Institute Honor for Collaborative Achievement.
p a p e r w o r k Transmod As designed by Nocturnal Design Lab of Dallas for Metro Transit, Oklahoma City’s only mass transit system, the bus stop has been transformed from a purely functional element into a self-referential icon. The designers took aesthetic cues from mass transit and the design of the bus to create a place of familiarity and comfort for the user. Transmod is made up of a series of pre-fabricated modules, which are first built off site in a controlled environment. The modules can then be easily transported to the site of the bus stop and rapidly assembled. The use of modular construction allows the structure to be flexible, as it can adapt to different sites throughout the metropolitan area. The structure can shrink or expand depending on the required capacity in each area by simply removing or adding seating modules as necessary. An interactive LCD display map with real-time visual display is incorporated into the design. This technology is intended to eliminate riders’ uncertainty by providing accurate information about the arrival of the next bus. Abu Dhabi Hospital and Clinic Located in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, the new hospital and clinic will represent a new age for Arabian healthcare. The Dallas office of Perkins+Will has designed this iconic 2.2 million-squarefoot building. Conceptualized as the hands of a child creating a sanctuary for a precious object, two buildings come together to surround the “protected” patients. The hospital is the larger building, which is adjoined to the clinic by a large atrium. At the center of the atrium, prayer centers appear to float in the building’s open space. The clinic and hospital are connected within the atrium by bridges that allow easy travel between the two buildings. The glass and aluminum panels that make up the exterior of the hospital and clinic allow light into the atrium while also emphasizing the buildings’ elegant form. The building and site work in unison as they penetrate the waterfront and bring water into the campus. The Crossroads Texas Stadium has seen the Dallas Cowboys bring home five Super Bowl trophies, but now as the team moves to Arlington, the site offers an opportunity for 486 acres of expansive urban development. The Crossroads, the master plan of this project, presents a comprehensive vision for “regenerative urbanism.” Dallas-based Hellmuth, Obata + Kassabaum has designed four distinct districts for the site—the Library, River, Stadium, and University districts. The new development also includes shops, housing, hotel, office space, entertainment venues, restaurants, and civic spaces. The Crossroads plan aspires to restore many of the site’s natural features, such as forestlands and waterways, in order to create a sustainable outside environment idealy suited for the Southwestern climate. Hellmuth, Obata + Kassabaum transforms Texas Stadium’s super-structure through innovative urban design and rich landscaped environments. 24 t e x a s a r c h i t e c t 9 / 1 0 2 0 0 7