Texas Architect July/August 2013: Light
Sketches that bring sunlight and moonlight into spaces in creative, playful ways; otherworldly experiments in color centered on the early morning and evening skies; the construction of shade for people and plants; an oasis of densely planted, colorful cacti in the desert; and the benefits of daylight for work and study — this issue is about natural light and design. The projects featured illustrate a range of artistic and functional expressions where light is essential to the experience of each space.
1 6 2 3 AIA Houston Recognizes Student Proposals to create a warm and inviting, cohesive environment. Outside, concrete shingle roof tiles used as a wall finish distinctly separate the restaurant from the rest of the building. Citation of Honor Barranca Residence Alterstudio Architecture Cotillion Park Pavilion Mell Lawrence Architects Kendra Scott in City Centre Red Design Studios Merit F1 Tower Miró Rivera Architects Locomotive 501 Ranch Trailer Home Andrew Hinman Architecture The African American Cultural and Heritage Facility McKinney York Architects The University of Texas at Austin Belo Center for New Media Lawrence Group West Anderson Plaza Levy Architects A student design competition hosted by AIA Houston’s Committee on Architecture for Health (CAH) asked groups to consider the integration of health services into underserved communities by proposing health centers near existing mass transit centers. Teams were comprised of four student designers, a faculty advisor, and a professional advisor. Architects from Morris Architects, HOK, and The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center participated as professional advisors for the three teams. The students had six weeks to prepare responses to the program before traveling to Houston for the juried presentation. The jurors were Gerard Van de Werken, chief architect with the Texas Department of State Health Services; Peter Dawson, AIA, senior vice president of facility services for Texas Children’s Hospital; Val Glitsch, FAIA, the incoming president of the Texas Society of Architects; and D. Kirk Hamilton, FAIA, a professor at Texas A&M University. The inaugural year of the competition brought together the energy of the architecture students and the experience of practicing professionals in a dialogue for the improvement of healthcare architecture. 1 The University of Texas at San Antonio School of Architecture walking trails, and a bike path knitted into the architecture, the solution exemplified the idea of preventative healthcare as an integral part of community development. 2 The University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture Students proposed a clinic based on thorough analysis of the proposed site’s adjacent population, in terms of the community’s general health and income level. The study demonstrated the clear need for a clinic in the selected neighborhood. 3 Texas Tech College of Architecture The proposal challenged pre-conceptions of the treatment environment by proposing mobile treatment rooms with a “machine in the garden” concept. It inverted the typical distribution of patient treatment rooms by proposing a method to bring the room to the patient rather than the other way around. Unbuilt Awards: Citation of Honor Saints Peter and Paul Chapel Danze Blood Architects Studio Awards Merit Estuarial Habitation John Paul Rysavy The student team developed a scheme that folded a healthcare facility into a nature preserve near a disadvantaged neighborhood in San Antonio. Replete with a daycare facility, 7/8 2013 Texas Architect 15