The Backcountry Hut Company has been selected as a Finalist in the Architizer A+Awards for the Unbuilt - Private House category.
Some Assembly Required: Experiments in Self-Built Structures. Lasserre Building: University of British Columbia, Room 201. January 18, 12:30-1:30 PM.
sans fil expresses the interconnected networks between species – the languages of humans and plants, and our attempts to communicate across their points of disconnect. Through the theme of playsages and a simple, sculptural installation that mimics telephone lines, we evoke the idea of a garden beyond its bounds, a space that is made and revealed, the idea of ‘place-making’ as something that happens when we begin to listen more closely to our environments.
In his article Vienna’s Social Housing Legacy: Rethinking Value, written for failed architecture, Charlie Clemoes reflects on a walking tour of Red Vienna, noting the attention to detail in social housing constructed between 1919 and 1934. Clemoes writes about the necessity for beautiful design in contemporary social housing, provoked by an attention to ornate details he spots around the Ringstraße. These expressive gestures and the balanced integration of social space within the housing complexes contrasts with models of social housing in North America, which hold a greater stigma and often compromise a sensitivity towards character in favour of replicating soulless compounds
We're proud to share that the Backcountry Hut Company has been honoured with a 2016 Canadian Architect Award of Merit!
From the jury comments on the Backcountry Hut Company:
"This project is beautifully done. It’s careful about its openings and its allocation of solidity and enclosure, but you don’t get a sense of claustrophobia. The modules combine to make very handsome structures that are beautifully illustrated in the presentation."
...it was especially the Carrara marble that first captured the imagination of the architects of Ancient Rome— whose production with Carrara marble was especially pronounced in the 1st century A.D. — and later the sculptors of the Renaissance, and has since found international renown in contemporary sculpture and design. On excursion to Carrara, writer Eric Scigliano wrote about the history and character of the quarrying region, the imprint of its legacy that was magnified through the sculpture of Michelangelo, and the idiosyncrasies that have since defined this stone’s place in our modern world.
Shou-sugi-ban (焼杉板), also known as yakisugi, is a technique of burning cedar for use as cladding on a building, which has been applied in Japanese architecture for centuries and has gained more recent popularity in Europe and North America. The traditional use of shou-sugi-ban would have recovered driftwood from the coast of Japan, making detritus into an object of beauty through renewed function, letting the wood reveal qualities that may have previously been hidden.
At the heart of industrial Yaletown of the 1920s, which was dominated at the time by warehouses and factories, the occupants of 1050 Hamilton were the proprietors of export company, Consolidated Exporters Limited, booming with Vancouver’s growing rail and port industries. Today, the building is known as 1028 Hamilton and, aside from being the home to a hidden champagne lounge that harkens back to British Columbia's prohibition era, it houses the Vancouver offices for Slack, the award-winning communications software company that has expanded its offices into Dublin and San Francisco, and soon into Toronto.
We are honoured to have been selected for the 2016 Western Living Arthur Erickson Memorial Award! Congratulations to everyone involved in the Western Living Designer of the Year Awards, and to everyone in our studio who contributed to our projects!
Check out the Western Living interview with founder and principal architect Michael Leckie:
"One part scientist, one part dreamer, Leckie Studio’s Michael Leckie finds the sweet spot of great architecture."