Built on a budget, this elegant Dock Building glows like a lantern in Vancouver

June 20, 2018 by  
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Tight budgets typically pose one of the biggest challenges in design projects. But as Michael Green, CEO and President of Michael Green Architecture , shows in his firm’s recently completed Dock Building, beautiful architecture is “always possible regardless of budget.” Built for the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club, the building melds modern and industrial influences in a sleek and sculptural volume that appears to glow like a lantern at night. Located on Jericho Beach in Vancouver , British Columbia, the Dock Building for the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club serves a large marine of sailboats. The facility consists of offices for the Harbor Master; educational spaces for children; a variety of workshops for maintaining boats, sails and gear; as well as bathrooms and showers. The modern yet simple design is made up of two intersecting wedge-shaped volumes created in reference to the cannery and the industrial waterfront building that once defined the site. “The design team at MGA aimed to demonstrate that all projects, from working industrial buildings to boutique museums , can and should be realized with grace and architectural dignity. Throughout, the details are modest and practical to work with the limited project budget,” said the Vancouver-based architecture firm in a project statement, adding that nearly half of the budget went to the foundation and piles. “The Dock Building exemplifies what a creative team, an ambitious client and a big vision can produce.” Related: Aperture-like windows maximize shading in this stunning Vancouver residence The Dock Building’s lantern-like effect can be enjoyed from the land and the sea. A glulam and translucent polycarbonate wall was installed on the side facing the land. The translucent facade glows at night and lets natural light into the workshop spaces during the day. On the side facing the sea and the marina are a row of garage doors and a glazed office frontage. The structure was built from glulam posts and beams with light timber infill decking and walls. White standing seam panels clad the exterior to mimic the color of nearby boats. The interior is predominately finished in construction-grade plywood. + Michael Green Architecture Images by Ema Peter

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New timber office building will be among the tallest of its kind in London

March 24, 2016 by  
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Architecture firm Waugh Thistleton designed an office block in London’s Shoreditch district meant to be built entirely out of wood . Five vertical slices separated by deep voids within the floor plates will be constructed using glulam and cross-laminated timber. When its completed, the nine-story office building will be among the tallest modern timber-framed structures in the British capital. Read the rest of New timber office building will be among the tallest of its kind in London

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Starbucks brews up new program to donate unsold food to local charities

March 24, 2016 by  
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The love-hate relationship between environmentalists and Starbucks gets a new twist this week, as the monster coffee chain unveils a new policy to donate unsold food to charity. The Seattle-based company has been researching ways to rescue its prepared foods from the trash when they aren’t sold by the expiration date. The new food donation program is starting small, but Starbucks has big plans to expand the program over the next several years until every last bit of unsold food ends up in the hands and mouths of people who need it. Read the rest of Starbucks brews up new program to donate unsold food to local charities

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Your cat may be giving you road rage

March 24, 2016 by  
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Could cats be to blame for road rage? A new study has discovered a potential link between Toxoplasma gondii , a parasite carried by cats, and intermittent explosive disorder (IED) in humans. But don’t give up your cats for adoption just yet. Read the rest of Your cat may be giving you road rage

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6 foods you can easily grow from kitchen scraps

March 24, 2016 by  
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Gorgeous prefab alpine restaurant tops a Swedish ski slope

March 15, 2016 by  
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Mirrored Borden Park Pavilion glows like a lantern in Edmonton

April 8, 2015 by  
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Arup’s timber prefab Sky Believe in Better Building wins the 2014 Wood in Architecture Award

March 26, 2015 by  
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RAU Architecture’s Serpentine Dutch De St@art (The T@il) Aims for Net Carbon Neutral

January 10, 2012 by  
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