Texas Architect July/Aug 2012: Healthcare & Wellness
In this edition about design for healthcare and wellness, we look at good buildings of both types. But the role of architects in public health goes far beyond their work on the hospitals, clinics, and fitness facilities routinely associated with these two categories. The broader purview includes their role in shaping more livable, sustainable, and healthy communities — the premise being that there is a direct correlation between the design of a community and the health of its people.
Recognition 1 2012 AIA Austin Design Awards AIA Austin’s 2012 Design Awards competition resulted in recognition for 15 projects in three categories out of a total of 112 entries. 2 3 Honor Citations of Honor 1 The Bike Shed Chimney Corners Minguell-McQuary Webber + Studio, Architects This Bike Shed addition is phase one of an ongoing residential renovation. The addition has the flexibility to function as a guesthouse, temporary apartment, entertaining area, and future master suite. It also addresses the client’s intense cycling needs, both displaying and storing his custom bike collection. A courtyard-like layout addresses a need for privacy. Residence 1446 2 Ottmers Residence Vincent Snyder Architects Located on an ancestral family ranch in the Texas Hill Country, and in keeping with ranching tradition, the design originated from the re-use of an existing foundation slab. Overlooking a cattle tank to the south, a reflective metal shield protects the primary structure while creating interstitial zones of outdoor space. 3 Balcones House Pollen Architecture & Design The house perches on the echelon of the Balcones Fault, a series of broken limestone cliffs. The house revives the modest cruciform plan of a previous mid-century house on the site; a light-filled plaster-walled volume slides behind. Careful solar design optimizes daylight and shade/solar gain. The position of the house provides views uphill into the garden or downhill into the treetops. Materials, such as locally-sourced quarter-sawn pine boards, concrete and plaster were selected for identity and tactility. Miro Rivera Architects Life Works Miro Rivera Architects Merit L’Ouvert Clark/Richardson Architects Elizabeth House Alterstudio Architects GSA Office Building PageSoutherlandPage Heywood Hotel KRDB Unbuilt Honor Chapel Saint Francis de Sales Legge Lewis Legge Unbuilt Citation of Honor Austin Aquatic Center Runa Workshop Unbuilt Merit Bat House Visitor Center Matt Fajkus Architecture with Bo Yoon and Jesse Rodriguez Studio Merit Pay Phone Revival ¡el groupo! Seeing Times Are Not Hidden Norma Yancey 16 Texas Architect 7/8 2012