Tom Kundig of Olson Kundig Architects was our Best of Green Architect in 2009 for his "low tech and low impact" work "using natural ventilation and basic technologies to produce tough and edgy designs."
This new office addition to a factory in Anacortes, WA appears to do exactly that. It certainly is edgy.
T Bailey does heavy steel plate and structural fabrication; Tom Kundig is seriously into steel plate, they are made for each other. T Bailey builds wind turbines, and some pretty dramatic turbine base sections are being put to use.
A vertical section is being used to create a stack effect for ventilation. The architect writes:
Visitors enter the building and climb to the main office space via a horizontal 14' and vertical 22' diameter pipes. Located within the vertical pipe, a skylight and large fan ventilate the main office floor. The skylight and fan are powered by solar energy. Warm air is sucked from the office space through the stairway pipe and evacuated out of the building, significantly reducing the cooling load.
Materials are unfinished - concrete floors, unfinished steel, and an exposed structure - giving the space a raw aesthetic while reducing the coatings and toxic materials added to the building. The roof's slope directs runoff into a rain garden and adjoining landscape.
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