west coast modern by zahid sardar and photographer matthew millman features “house for a musher” as one of 27 examples for modern design in the west.
“Architects and designers are breaking new ground in the West, incorporating tested ideas with modern technologies, materials and concepts in thrilling and sustainable designs. This collection of more than 25 inspiring residences in Canada and the United States, including far-flung Hawaii and Alaska, by such renowned western architects and interior designers as Ricardo and Victor Legorreta, Tom Kundig, Jim Jennings, Steven Ehrlich, Leo Marmol, Ron Radziner, Anne Fougeron, Joshua Aidlin, David Darling, Greg Warner, Brooks Walker, Paul Wiseman, Terry Hunziker and Gary Hutton showcases large and small homes that respond to the expansive deserts, mountains, plains and coastlines of the West. Designed for a range of climates, the houses allude to Mesoamerican adobe and Spanish Mission courtyard dwellings yet sport a modern western aesthetic. The sculptural forms and elegant interiors are at once both urban and rural, open to the outdoors and always contemporary, comfortable and stylish.”
located just 102 miles south of the arctic circle, nome is the regional hub for the norton sound area. we are working on a major interior remodel project of about 9000 sf that includes two court rooms for the alaska court system and associated office and support functions. the project will have asbestos abatement and removal of two original existing steam boilers with higher efficient equipment. hope we can incorporate some more local art and materials into the project.
the building is designed with the idea to harvest most of the materials from the site. the structural members are made up of small scale lumber cut from the site by the community.
the building is made up of truss-frames at 10′ on center. the frames can be assembled on site and put up with local workforce. 2x wall framing is initially exposed on the interior, making the wood visible inside and out. if desired the walls can be insulated and cladded at a later date. wooden floors are rough sawn slabs and will wear to a smooth finish over time. in the center of the mess hall is a masonry heater made up of local rock for thermal storage of wood heat. the hot water will be pre-heated with a heat exchanger from the masonry heater.
a renewable wood shed is located close to the lake for better solar access. some of the electrical power will be supplied by solar photovoltaic panels. the solar pv panels are located on the roof of the shed and provide a space to dry the wood to fuel the masonry heater. a wind turbine is mounted near the beach for electric power generation.
project was designed summer 2012 for the foraker group pre-development program and is looking for funding of construction.
aerial view of our new akutan day care center. the volcanic island of akutan is 766 air miles southwest from anchorage. this is the first daycare facility for this small island community. the two classrooms face akutan bay with spectacular views across the body of water. the second story features a two bedroom apartment.
next week i will be visiting with MDes students at the harvard university graduate school of design in the risk and resilience program. i will present an update of the adf relocate project. the bbc london was asking if the residence of kivalina will be the first climate refugees in north america. see the article by bbc here.
anchorage youngest non-profit the anchorage community works is getting off the ground on ship creek avenue after a successful kickstarter campaign. the goal is to offer a space for any creative work and encourage collaboration across many disciplines. it might also be the location where you can enjoy your favorite band play or sign up for a workshop to get know-how on your topic of choice.
please consider your support by checking out the facility or programs or donate to the campaign (i am sure they will still accept your help, even the kickstarter has ended…)
mock-up of a peeled aspen tree column at a recent site visit to the happy trails kennels new visitor center under construction. the new 2500 sf facility is scheduled to open later this summer.
the aspen trees are from the site and peeled right after they are harvested. over time they will turn white and the aspen are known for their resistance to rotting and warping.
please join us for the anchorage solar tour june 8th 2013 at 10 am at downtown kaladi brothers coffee. tour starts with walk to our solar building across town square. solcab will be open to visit from 3-4pm.