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“There is no chance that modern science is going to catch up with the qualities of photosynthesis and therefore any materials that’s ultimately grown by the sun is the most technologically advanced materials we can use so let’s figure out how to use it in architecture.” -Michael Green
WHISTLER RENDEZVOUS RENOVATION
In 1980, the 27,000 square feet Rendezvous was constructed in the alpine zone to provide customers food and shelter during their excursions around Blackcomb Mountain. Thanks to the construction of Peak to Peak Gondola, it serves as a year round tourist attraction. As tourism increased renovations were required to mend wear and tear of the facility. Michael Green was commissioned to design the facility during its renovation. With a modest budget and a short time window for construction, Michael’s design serve to maximize space through centralized circulation to mitigate congestion and frustration during busy seasons, this was accomplished by aesthetically establishing clear functions for space inside the building. Adding to the timber frame transformed a central dinning hall and increased seating areas. Often renovating is a cost effective approach for a building experiencing degradation. I respect Michael Green, his designs justly reduce congestion, renew interior and exterior finishes that exhibit dysfunction, and facilitates time and materials by transforming the efficiency of a system.
The column to beam system is reinforced with a truss system, which creates structural stability. A truss system effectively transfers compressive loads to columns that are the main support for the frame. Through a mechanical connection, tension stress experienced in the beam in the lateral direction is transferred to the column where gravity takes over.
OTTAWA AIRPORT PHASE 2
PRINCE GEORGE AIRPORT
The columns and beams are shaped using 5 axis CNC equipment. This wood structure uses discreet tight fitting pin connections, light reflects off the columns and beams creating a warm environment. The departure lounge design accommodates flyers with different preferences using interior wood designs such as panelized maple plywood, birch box seats, and maple benches. Douglas fir ceiling planks may likely be connected by tongue and groove connections to form a durable surface though I am not sure if it is necessary for interior and exterior soffits.
Now for the best part, awards! Design awards continue to showcase projects for their excellence. Providing incentives is a positive reinforcement to work together with what we have to make something better for a community to experience. After a three phase commission the project was awarded the Lieutenant‐Governor of BC Medal in 2006
This could be old news to whoever is reading through our blog, but it remains a graceful reminder of how design may not seemingly impact your day to day life, but your designs when erected can influence future generations. Just as the Taj Mahal has influenced generations. Our built environment is the fabric of our lives and a legacy of our accomplishments.
As Michael Green says, “Big Problems = Big Opportunities = Big Solutions”
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