‘Toy Factory’ wins major design award | Property/Real Estate

he renovation of a former Albuquerque Journal developing for a substantial-tech workshop referred to as the Levitated Toy Manufacturing unit received DNCA Architects the top “Honor Award” in the annual style and design awards of the American Institute of Architects-Santa Fe.

“When we very first went to see the developing, it was a single of those people warehouses wherever you enter and the coronary heart of the making was fully darkish, pitch black, just about a sensory-deprivation chamber,” claimed the firm’s Devendra Contractor. He labored with Deirdre Harris, also of DNCA, to open up the area with skylights and mild displays.

In their entry for the AIA awards plan, they wrote that the revitalized constructing “engages the growth of downtown Albuquerque when preserving its existence in an founded city context.”

The architects taken care of the 6,000-sq.-foot building’s present brick and structural metal, but greater its performance and drama with new inside spaces, modernized home windows, and a wraparound shade cover loaded with photovoltaic panels. The PV array, organized as a layout feature alternatively than getting the usual “add-on” overall look, normally takes treatment of all the factory’s electrical needs, such as 3D printing and laser-reducing labs.

“It’s variety of a versatile software and the structure reflects that as the client’s wants modify, the use of the creating adjustments,” Contractor stated of the challenge that was completed in March 2014. “It was fairly an remarkable venture for an fantastic shopper.”

The internet site of the Levitated Toy Factory reveals art designs, several of which — like “Holy Cubes,” “Geodesic,

and “Life Stars” — possess architectural traits. “What they are doing right now is a very little distinct,” Contractor mentioned. “The customer is, in my mind, a person of the fantastic electronic artists of our time. I imagine he proceeds to use the room for his electronic explorations.”

We questioned Contractor how DNCA has been performing in COVID situations. “We’ve all been working at household, adapting to Zoom. We spend hours on Zoom. It’s kind of exhausting,” he claimed. “When the pandemic commenced, I considered I was heading to get so a lot accomplished, but some meetings are for a longer time than in-person. But we’re all carrying out well.”

DNCA a handful of significant tasks on the horizon. One is the new Vladem contemporary art museum in Santa Fe. He mentioned he expects that the New Mexico Office of Cultural Affairs will be making an announcement quickly about that building task. The other two are clinical clinics for UNM Clinic, just one for movement ailments and one particular for senior overall health. They will be connected and will be related to what DNCA did with the Renal Medicine Associates setting up a couple of many years back.

“That was variety of an exploration in how to alter the clinic typology where you go into the lobby place and then the clinic is practically a labyrinth and has a disorienting high quality. So we released courtyards into the heart of the building, so you have a very good perception of look at and you can orient you to the landscape. We’ve had lots of calls from the doctors and many others saying that just likely in there tends to make them sense far better, which is a massive compliment. So we’re attempting to do the identical issue on these two new clinics.”

Yet another winner in the 2020 AIA-Santa Fe awards couldn’t be more distinctive. It is The Starship and it received the “Innovation Award” in the program’s conceptual group. It’s a layout by the Santa Fe business Autotroph for a 9,500-square-foot “transportable local community hub.”

The venture statement by Autotroph principal Alexander Dzurec and his customer, Tim Schwartz, states, “With political tension, natural disasters and programs breaking down all close to us, mobility is our greatest coverage plan. Behold the Starship! A sustainable, off-grid, cellular, local community notion.”

It appears to be like a traveling saucer. The base, more than 100 feet in diameter, is a structure of prefabricated metal flooring models on concrete ballast pads. The primary making modules are modified 20-foot transport containers. Every little thing bolts collectively, which include a sequence of masts for the tensile-material roof, which is assembled on the ground deck then self-hoisting winches on the masts hoist the roof into location. At middle top rated is a glass geodesic dome for daylighting the substantial interior space (See image on P. 7)

“This is an genuine job,” Dzurec mentioned. “We have a paying client who engaged us to do this function. We’ve been working on it for a several several years. Tim is wanting at weather disruptions and the truth that there’s a big workforce now that doesn’t have to go to perform. He phone calls them ‘digital nomads,’ so this is a base camp for a digital nomad local community.”

Surrounding the Starship will be a little village of campsites for nomads to inhabit for the duration of their stay.

The composition incorporates a 92-kilowatt PV technique, graywater and blackwater cure facilities, 6,000 gallons of rainwater assortment storage, and a greenhouse for food items production.

“We do have the capability to house people today as properly. We have flex models that have roll-up garage doorways to open up into the most important place, and there are murphy beds. Then on the upper level there is a collar that wraps close to for that flying saucer overall look and it yields reward rooms on the exterior of the flex spaces. When you go, you can break down the roof elements and the relaxation of the containers are stand-on your own units that can be loaded on to a truck or practice.”

It appears to be and seems considerably-out, but it may possibly be a useful, and feasible, answer for residing, gathering, and functioning.

Autotroph also received a “Merit Award” for its La Molina home in Lamy. The customized home on 140 acres utilized rammed earth, colored concrete, and rusted corrugated steel “to harmonize with the tones of the site’s native soils,” in accordance to entry supplies. Projecting sunshades of perforated metal give solar safety for the massive windows framing views out to the landscape of the Galisteo Basin Preserve.

The consumer is an equestrian. “When we planned out the web page, we experienced to believe about the horses nearly as a great deal as about her,” Dzurec claimed. “For instance we put in a wandering paddock, which is essentially just a roped-off path, so the horses can somewhat roam freely but within the confines of the roped-off space and we ran it suitable by her bed room patio, so she could practically walk out her doorway and greet her horses.”

The venture also bundled twin casitas of up to date design and sizeable equestrian services: stables with a tack place and hay storage, and an arena.

The operator was intrigued in rammed earth, so Dzurec was able to reference “Modern Destroy,” the house he did with owner Zane Fischer and which took the best prize in the 2012 AIA-Santa Fe design competition.

The exterior of La Molina — named for the windmill that remains from the property’s ranching time —is about defense from sunlight and wind, but the inside is all about heat and ease and comfort. “The rammed earth functions for both,” Dzurec reported. “It’s a rugged materials but it is made from earth so it has a warm shade palette, as do the exposed wood joists. And all the inside partitions that are not rammed earth are coated with earthen clay plaster.”

Autotroph’s Luca Marino Baker was in charge of interiors and also served as project supervisor for the task, accomplished previous June.

The rammed earth, like adobe, is not a fantastic insulator. But it features excellent thermal mass, specifically when the partitions are two toes thick like these. The earth partitions absorbs warmth in the daytime and radiate it at night time. “We also have a geothermal heat pump program. We’re running close to carbon-neutral on that job.”

Other green things involve a photovoltaic array, a 10,000-gallon rainwater-storage cistern, and a blackwater treatment unit to supply added irrigation drinking water.

Aaron Bohrer, Archi-Scape, received an AIA “Merit Award” for 1713D Montaño Avenue, a residence for himself and his spouse, Dalinda (Dee) Bangert and their son, Chantz. Situated on a city infill whole lot, the residence, completed in 2015, is just 1,254 gross sq. toes.

“We were coming from a 700-sq.-foot condominium that Dee had, so when we obtained to the property straight away it was about space. It is 500 sq. feet greater and we could do a bed room for Chantz.”

The contest entry describes it thus: “Along the avenue, a significant wall is created to add monumentality. A void in this steel clad wall alerts the entry into a sky backyard courtyard. The living place is composed of two rooms, just one inside and 1 exterior. [At the junction] a 6-foot roof projection gives shade and protection from inclement weather while visually extending the interior space outdoors.”

Home windows at the regular height are absent, but there are rows of clerestory windows for a good deal of organic gentle. “The residence has a magical, heavenly top quality simply because of the clerestory home windows that just filters in gentle that adjustments through the calendar year,” Bohrer reported. “Chantz’s bedroom has one window dealing with out into that inexperienced entry courtyard. The room is filled with mild from the clerestory home windows that are vented to make it possible for incredibly hot air to escape in the summertime.

The components palette is appealing and pleasing. “It’s funny what you collect when you stroll all over as an architect, but yrs in the past, La Montanita Co-op experienced gray metal and vivid environmentally friendly stucco that I actually loved. It no for a longer time has that, but it was incredibly putting. As memory serves, when Dee and I picked the gray metal, I desired a little something brilliant and contrasting. So that gets to be our sky garden. It’s a cloistered place, just green partitions all the way up to the beautiful blue sky.”

The residence gained a “Gold” certification from the LEED eco-friendly-creating method, so the ability expenses are quite reduced. The residence is on the little side, but Bohrer and Bangert appreciate it. “When we went into lockdown final spring and all 3 of us were being residence, we uncovered it incredibly comfy,” he mentioned. “Part of it is just possessing the 3 doors that appear into the courtyard and emotion like you have that romance with the exterior each individual solitary day. It has been a genuine delight.”

Bohrer gleaned a next kudo, a “Commendation Award,” for the grasp suite addition he did at 110 Circle Push.

“The existing property style and design skipped alternatives to include things like the site’s much more chic characteristics,” in accordance to the PowerPoint entry. “Therefore, this 586 sq. foot learn suite addition incorporates more of the property’s natural functions by introducing exterior rooms as the dominant style goal.

“The addition leverages current site grades and residence boundaries to create lofty interior ceilings although respecting the home’s current roof line. a colonnade wall extending into the backyard garden defines the learn sitting down area as each indoor and out of doors place.”

That roof line was an crucial fulcrum for the style.

“We needed to sustain that lower-slung roof. That is what can make it an unusual project,” Bohrer reported in a latest interview. “It’s a stucco wall but it has a great 3-foot overhang, a more present day gesture. We wished to lengthen people rooflines and that grew to become a horizontal datum line, not to exceed that height. That’s the place dropping down in grade and getting a tale-and-a-fifty percent room in the sitting down place was genuine beneficial.”

His clients arrived from New York and purchased this dwelling, which Bohrer claimed has “some pleasant bones” but had dropped its authentic layout integrity with several renovation initiatives over the several years. “The complete idea was to attempt to deliver back again the original kind-of ‘Santa Fe Midcentury Modern’ plan.”

The a few-calendar year task incorporated renovating the property, creating a guest wing, and redoing the kitchen area and a toilet. Bohrer fashioned two twisted clusters of poles (one load-bearing and the two other individuals in essence props) to hold up roof features at front and rear. “I’ve recently been actively playing with the concept of several poles or columns supporting corners for a small little bit of reduction,” he stated.

Yet another standout attribute is the glassy bathtub alcove that jobs out from a wall of the household. “It’s type of a distinct spot to take a bath,” Bohrer mentioned with a giggle, “but the intimacy of that web site, just trees, afforded an possibility for bathing in mother nature.”

Proper to pandemic limits, AIA Santa Fe formulated the 2020 style and design awards ceremony as a digital function, held on Dec. 17. There were 15 entries: 12 developed and 3 conceptual. The jury chair this calendar year was Marc Appleton, principal of Appleton & Associates Inc. Architects, Santa Monica and Santa Barbara.

During the ceremony, AIA-Santa Fe government director Tom Spray been given a unique accolade, the Architectural Services Award. Occasion chairwoman Beverley Spears, FAIA, claimed Spray “has been steadfast in his knowledge of the wants and functions of our chapter. He has tirelessly and carefully guided us in just about every element of our chapter’s things to do, funds, and obligations.

“He is always there for us and has the diplomacy to treat everyone with respect and equanimity. His grace and humor, kindness, and wisdom make serving on the government committee a enjoyment.”

AIA Santa Fe put together a splendid website, in which you can uncover a lot more photos, options, and comprehensive details about the award-winners and the other entrants. See aiasantafedesignawards.org.