from the archives in 2010 work featured in some books…..should be updated soon.
dig afognak mess hall
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.
akutan, ak 99553
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.
design team: mayer sattler-smith – architect, jernstrom engineering, eic electrical, arete structural
unalaska, ak 99685
this weeks spotlight is on the unalaska based non-profit alexandria house.
the non-profit is providing shelter for homeless people in this community that is accessible only by boat and air service.
here is a link to a new york times article with video from 2009 that explains the situation.
our current plans are to renovate the existing building. we have a residence with dedicated place for visitors and about 1000 sf tenant space on the ground floor.
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…)
canadian photographer kamil bialous shares some of the images he took of our house for a musher that he shot for dwell last fall.
“A house for a musher; Martin Buser and Kathy Chapoton residence photographed for Dwell. A modern log cabin, with perfect views of golden valleys and distant mountains, and finished in black charred cedar, sits atop one of the highest hills around. Overlooking a meadow, lake, and Martin’s dog kennels, the land changes with the light and seasons, the windows becoming picture frames to the scenery.
But the house is not a fortress – designed by architects Mayer Sattler-Smith, its concept allows an indoor/outdoors balance, because you don’t just look at the landscape, you live with it. Like living in a viewmaster.
house for a musher is featured in dwell july/aug 2013 issue.
america the beautiful – incredible modern design across the usa.
written by amara holstein and images by kamil bialous.
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.
the alaska design forum is celebrating 20 years of design in alaska.
here is a short Q&A with katherine stalker of association of architecture organizations
in preparation of our party at the anchorage museum may 10 2013.