No tree was cut, no rock was blasted. Rather than flatten and scrape the site to allow a building to be dropped in the centre, the building program was broken up to allow it to fit the contours of the land: the relationships between the buildings and the existing landscape was recognized and strengthened. Placement of buildings, roof overhangs, existing mature trees, high performance glazing, thermal capacity of concrete slab and tile flooring; all reduce heat gain in summer and make air conditioning unnecessary. Large sliding doors open the interior to cooling breezes. The simplest and most effective green strategy is to build less: do two people really need 5 bathrooms? By building only what we need, less material is used, less space needs to be heated, and more of the landscape is preserved for trees, plants, birds, insects, light and air.
Governor General's Medal for Architecture 2006
BC Lieutenant Governor's Award f. Architecture 2005
BC WoodWorks! Award 2005
North American Wood design Award 2005