in the latest issue of monocle magazine’s “the escapist” anchorage is featured as one of ten global cities for the travel section. toronto bureau chief tomos lewis came to interview me at the snowhaus earlier this year. all images by ross mantle of rossmantle.com.
gsd option studio fall 2014 by spela videcnik and rok oman of ofis arhitekti focused on housing in extreme environments. they asked me if i would share some of the environmental considerations with their students for the alaskan studio sites. it was great to be part of the final review and to see the designs for the alaskan settings. affordable housing is a top priority for many alaskan communities. we look forward to hosting the exhibit at the anchorage museum later this year.
“The extreme climatic conditions of the North introduce a design paradox for architects. The fragile environmental conditions require incisive designs that respond to irregular loading from strong winds, heavy snowfalls, avalanche risk zones, and extreme cold. The studio investigated a prototypical design: a unit with sleeping and cooking space for up to eight people, on a mountain site in Slovenia. The talk (on Friday, February 13th) serves as an opening for the exhibition on this project, curated by Spela Videcnik, John T. Dunlop Design Critic in Housing and Urban Development, with Rok Oman, featuring the work of her Fall 2014 studio, displayed on the Experiments Wall (in Gund Hall). Construction of the shelter is planned for summer 2015. ”
here is a link to a recent feature about modern architecture in alaska highlighting our work in architizer
“…..Alaska, the next Florida? Maybe even the next Brooklyn? (Our words, not theirs). If you have not yet had your climate change wake up call, this is surely it. With this in mind, it seems as though Anchorage-based mayer sattler-smith is one step ahead, whether they know it or not, with a slew of innovative designs seamlessly integrated into the Alaskan landscape….”
6 10 2014
this story was first published in dwell almost 10 years ago….
…A home features panoramic views of the stunning Alaskan landscape: http://www.dwell.com/house-tours/article/alaska-final-architectural-frontier
“This land, it is a fantastic, natural place,” explains Klaus Mayer, when I talk to him later on the phone. “It needs structures that respond to this amazing environment, that articulate this area. That doesn’t exist here yet—and that is the great challenge for us to work on.”
If Alaska is indeed architecture’s last frontier, then these must be its first pioneers.
homer ak 99603
homer is located on the southern tip of the kenai peninsula about 115 air miles south of anchorage. the city has about 5000 year round residents and is a vibrant hub for art known far beyond alaska. we are working with the homer council on the arts to develop plans for energy upgrades and reorganization of their existing facility.
Building of the Year 2013
using the term farmhouse in a wider sense, dwell magazine added our house for a musher on a list of ten rural houses …….
10 charming farmhouses around the globe
Set in ranging landscapes from Alaska to Sweden, Dwell takes a look at 10 modern cottages built on rural terrain around the world.
photo by kamil bialous
big lake, ak 99652
the new visitor facility for the happy trails kennels in big lake is the home of four time iditarod champion martin buser and family. the visitor center is going to be ready for operation with the start of the 2014 summer tour season.
nome, ak 99762
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.