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HEN BUILDING IN THE DESERT, LANDS C A P E A N D C L I M AT E D O M I N AT E T HE DISCUSSION.This is the case for Lake/Flato Architects’ Arizona State University Polytechnic Campus where weathered steel screens, trellises covered with climbing vines, and a progression of courtyards create visual and experiential layers that respond to and reflect the colors and textures of its unique environment. Each of these elements tempers the desert sun, allowing “light in, but sheltered and shaded,” in the words of juror James Russell, FAIA. In its first transitional layer, the complex unfolds as a series of interconnected courtyards that mediate between the harsh outdoor heat and air-conditioned interiors. Within these calm and cool outdoor gathering spaces, water bubblers feed lush vegetation, becoming an event when irrigation water overflows terraced rock gardens. Although the vines are more assertive in climbing the metal screens than originally intended, Andrew Herdeg, AIA, partner in charge of the project, says the resulting cloak of landscape is welcome. The architects envisioned a space where students were not confined to the traditional academic double-loaded corridor. Instead, they created a series of outdoor spaces where students would enjoy their time studying beyond the classroom walls. Circulation is pulled into a three-story exterior atrium shaded by perfo-

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r e s o u r c e s concrete pavement / coating / microsurfacing : Lithocrete; retaining walls : Hilfiker Retaining Walls; mall furnishings :

Landscape Forms;

planters :

Kornegay Design;

metal materials / handrails :

Schuff Steel

Company; roof / wall panels / metal roofing : Metecno-Morin; entrances : Walters & Wolf; specialty doors : Door Engineering and Manufacturing Co.; access doors : Bilco; automatic door operator : Horton Automatics; tile : DalTile; laminate flooring : Roppe Corp., Armstrong; indoor athletic surfacing : Gerbert Limited; wall coverings : Roppe, Gerbert Limited; shades : Nysan Solar Control – a division of Hunter Douglas; software : AutoCAD, Google Sketchup, Maxwell Render

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Texas Architect Sept/Oct 2011: Design Awards  

The September/October 2011 edition featured the Texas Society of Architects’ Design Awards. Jurors – Steve Dumez, FAIA; James Russell, FAIA;...

Texas Architect Sept/Oct 2011: Design Awards  

The September/October 2011 edition featured the Texas Society of Architects’ Design Awards. Jurors – Steve Dumez, FAIA; James Russell, FAIA;...