Texas Architect Jan/Feb 2008: Design for Education
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texas architect 1/2 2008 18 AIA Fort worth Awards 5 Projects fort w o r t h The local chapter of the AIA recognized four projects in the General Design category and one project in the Mayor’s Award category in ceremonies that took place at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. The mem- bers of the 2007 jury were Julie Eizenberg, AIA, of Koning Eizenberg Architecture in Los Ange- les; Errol Barron, FAIA, of Errol Barron/Michael Toups in New Orleans; and Kevin Alter, Assoc. AIA, of Alterstudio Architects in Austin. The jurors presented Merit Awards to four projects: Kunkel Clinic in Fort Worth by Hahnfeld Hoffer Stanford Architects; Ed and Rae Schollmaier Science and Technology Center in Fort Worth by Gideon Toal; the Bowles Life Center in Grand Prairie by Magee Architects; and James and Dorothy Doss Heritage and Culture Center of Parker County in Weatherford also by Hahnfeld Hoffer Stanford Architects. The two buildings of the Kunkel Clinic make up a 3,470-square-foot office that is connected by a shared corridor—a void defining a bound- ary between patient and support services. An open waiting room looks out onto the garden through a large window that is a void carved from the corner of the waiting room. Two build- ings of similar geometry but different scale and materials are used to create tension by the attraction of their dissimilarity. Harmony is achieved through the rhythm of solid versus void and the shared connection of a common void defining the form and highlighting on the surrounding space. Ed and Rae Schollmaier Science and Tech- nology Center located on Texas Wesleyan’s historic campus quadrangle features three computer labs, three instructional classrooms, a seminar room, and faculty offices. A student lounge with exposed steel beams and wood decking provides a comfortable place to study, with views of the quadrangle through floor-to- ceiling glass. Each learning area is contained in a uniformly-sized block that stands out from the rest of the building creating repetition and rhythm; these masses also put a clear emphasis on education, highlighting the importance of classroom spaces above all others. The brick, wood and steel combination echoes the materi- als used elsewhere on campus, while creating fresh patterns for this new building. Subtle brick color differences and designs give added interest to the clean planes created by the rep- etition in space blocking. Situated within Bowles Park between an elementary school and a city pool, which will soon include a splash park, the Bowles Life Center is a multipurpose 40,000-square-foot library/recreation center designed to improve the quality of life for the area’s citizens. Because the site slopes dramatically to an existing pond, the main building functions and entrance are located at street level while the gymnasium is one level below grade. All of the major spaces are organized along a linear circulation space with a continuous clerestory window to the northeast that provides an abundance of natural light. Both the large meeting room/banquet area, which opens out onto a large terrace and the gymnasium, face northeast through large glass curtain walls. By orienting the building this way, the major spaces, including the gym and meeting rooms, are able to take advantage of the natural views of the park across the pond. Just as the history of Parker County, the James and Dorothy Doss Heritage and Culture Center design is tied to the land. Perched on seven wooded acres, its construction disturbed less than 20 percent of over 700 native trees. This site is emblematic of how the Cross Tim- bers region appeared in the 1850s when settlers began to arrive and Native Americans traveled freely across the countryside. The history of Parker County has been shaped by repeated struggles with nature to capture dreams of a better life. This struggle is felt in the harsh interaction of steel and native stone throughout the museum. The site is an integral part of the museum. It is preserved on the exterior, and featured on the interior. “Glazed balconies” at the end of each gallery provide visitors with captivating views of nature. Jurors for the Mayor’s Award, recognizing design excellence in publicly funded projects, were Mayor Pro Tem Kathleen Hicks and Coun- cil Member Carter Burdette. The award was presented to Marilyn Janice Miller Elementary School by Hahnfeld Hoffer Stanford Architects. The elementary school is laid out in a pin- wheel configuration to take advantage of a chal- lenging site. The intersection of the classroom wings culminate in a central glass-enclosed commons area. The geometry of this inter- section extends toward the exterior creating entrances from each side. The administra- tive area is located adjacent to the commons, arranged to control access to the building. Ivonne levIn, aIa levin chairs the chapter’s excellence in architecture Committee. Kunkel clinic schollmaier science and technology center Bowles Life center Doss heritage and culture center Marilyn Janice Miller elementary school