- Sustainable Architecture
- Health Sciences Education Building 2015 AIA CAE Design Excellence
Climate and environment are the key words for the Health Sciences Education Building of the University of Arizona & Northern Arizona University Phoenix, project designed by CO Architects from Los Angeles together with the local firm
Ayers Saint Gross.
The architecture of the two universities is presented as a continuation of the natural landscape with definite reference to the nearby canyons, thanks to the facade clad in streaked copper which comes from Arizona. Not only an iconic combination, because the folded panels are similar to geological shapes, but also causing efficient protection from the heat of the desert.
The HSEB is arranged in two branches from east to west and creates a sort of artificial canyon between them which is covered by PTFE tarpaulin to supply shade for the courtyard. This is a design solution to the desert climate which becomes a relaxing and shared place for the students.
The CO Architects' design, in collaboration with the Ayers Saint Gross studio, won the CAE (Committee on Architecture of Education) panel of judges for the AIA over with its sustainability and the care taken in expressing its impressive identity as well as focusing on the encouragement of interaction between students and professors.
This new architectural landmark in the city of Phoenix has been honoured with the Award of Excellence.
Executive & Design Architect: CO Architects – Los Angeles, CA
Associate Architect: Ayers Saint Gross – Tempe, AZ
Location: Phoenix Arizona, USA
Structural: John A. Martin & Associates
MEP Engineer: Affiliated Engineers
Civil Engineer: Dibble Engineering
Landscape Architect: Floor Associates
Photographer: Bill Timmerman Photography
Awards: 2014 WAN Facade Award - 2014 The Chicago Athenaeum American Architecture Awards Health Sciences Education Building, Phoenix - 2015 CAE Award of Excellence