When architecture and research firm KieranTimberlake began the search for its own building in 2013, its partners were drawn to a former bottling house in Philadelphia’s Northern Liberties neighborhood. The firm saw an opportunity to both save a piece of neighborhood history and design an imaginative, ambitiously sustainable retrofit.
The Engineered Biosystems Building was designed to bring together researchers from bioscience and engineering to focus on specific societal problems in a holistic manner. The purposeful and intentional interactions outside of discipline silos at the heart of the EBB are similar to those collaborations necessary to achieve a high performance building.
The design of the new United States Courthouse in downtown Los Angeles is modern in spirit yet rooted in classic principles of federal architecture. It features processional steps, grand public spaces and enduring finish materials that give it a strong civic identity.
A small island village in Alaska wanted to reduce its reliance on expensive imported fuel oil, but simply switching to all oil use electricity would tax the electrical grid. The energy-efficiency approach taken at three major renovations in Sitka eliminated the use of fuel oil and demonstrates how current building stock can continue to move toward a carbon-neutral, energy-efficient future.
The Class of 1966 Environmental Center at Williams College in northwest Massachusetts marries a 225-year-old building with a contemporary addition. It is the first project in the nation seeking Living Building Challenge (LBC) certification to include a historic preservation component.