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COTE Top Ten Students: [Re] Sustaining Old North Saint Louis

Iowa State University

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Project Description

From the AIA:

This proposal centers itself in a theory of sustainability not only concerned with usage and metrics, but also with the processes from which architecture is born, and will live through - construction, inhabitation, maintenance, and deconstruction. It is a holistic approach which sees sustainability as not merely applied, but embodied within every element of design, construction, and use. The building is approximately 12,000 square feet. It includes a grocery store and café at the first floor, and apartment units on the second and third.

From the jury:

This project is a contemporary interpretation of a historic context; it does a good job of honoring the urban character and it creates a new place in the city. The design moves are simple, yet the building does not appear overly simple from the street. The energy metrics and inclusion of a psychometric chart are convincing and clearly defined, especially the smart energy-use graphic. The operable sunshades add performative value and animate the exterior of the façade.
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