“The All Terrain Cabin (ATC) was dreamt up to send Canadian design on a world tour of international design forums, consumer home and interior design shows, environmental conferences, and special events, as well as more casual visits to small towns, open spaces, and the downtown cores of major urban centres.
For that purpose, we designed a small home, a cabin, using the standard ISO shipping container as the basis for the structure and outfitting it totally with Canadian design and technology. The result is as smart as it is efficient, suitable for a family of four and a pet to live off the grid in comfort and contemporary style. It travels by train, truck, ship, airplane, or helicopter, folded up and indistinguishable from any ordinary shipping container. Once it arrives, it unfolds rapidly to 480 square feet of self-contained, sophisticated living space with all the comforts of home.”
“Richmond City Hall is comprised of four major building components creating an ensemble of public spaces. The building elements allow the scheme to respond to both the specific needs of the previous program components and the conditions of the site context. While the formal front door address is No. 3 Road, universal access from all directions is provided for pedestrians, cyclists, and cars.
The complex has been designed to ensure that the public will recognize City Hall as an inviting and accessible public resource. The building also provides an effective office environment to enhance the ability of its staff to carry out City business, serving the public as “customers.”
The building’s siting and architecture integrate sound design, environmental, and sustainability principles to achieve performance trends well above the norm.”
Currently under construction, the new addition to the Vancouver Trade and Convention Centre (the original structure was designed for EXPO 86 as the Canadian Pavilion). The addition features one of the largest “green roofs” built. This facility will house the communication-media centre for the forthcoming Vancouver 2010 Olympics.
The expansion is designed to minimize the impact on the surrounding environment, and in fact, enhance it.
Below are some of the key features of our sustainability plan:
•Marine habitat restoration and shoreline replacement, including benches on the water side of the expansion to create a new fish habitat in Burrard Inlet(see illustration below)
•On site water management including sea water cooling system
•Energy efficient design
•Rainwater irrigation for living roof
•Use of natural light, natural ventilation
•High quality acoustic materials
•Targeting LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) and Green Globe standards for sustainable building design
as irrigation, creating anew downtown “urban oasis.”