Transfer Warehouse Architect Honored | News

Olson Kundig, the architectural firm selected by Telluride Arts to transform the roofless transfer warehouse of just four walls into a more usable arts and community space, has announced that two of its projects have won the 2022 AIA Housing Awards The awards, which recognize outstanding residential design, were presented for the company’s work on Costa Rica Treehouse and for Rio House.

According to the company’s website, the Costa Rica Treehouse is a carbon-positive house built with wood that sequesters more CO2 than is emitted by other building materials.

“Designed to function passively, the house can breathe and remain open to the environment. The upper and lower floors open completely to the elements with a double-screened wooden shutter system that allows daylight and natural ventilation, but also provides privacy and security when the owners are away,” the website states. the company.

The Rio House, located in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, is described as “essentially a steel and glass box, the house hovers above the land supported structurally by two concrete pillars, one of which is a chimney. The house is designed for natural ventilation with a roof hatch, pivoting windows and retractable glass walls with mosquito nets. Manual operation of these gadgets, along with a solar water heater system, keeps the house running during intermittent power outages.

Tom Kundig led each of the projects, in partnership with Kevin Kudo-King, design director of Olson Kundig, on the Rio House. It was Kundig who designed the plans for the transfer warehouse.

“Residential design is the foundation of my work, so it’s a great honor to be recognized by the AIA Housing Awards program,” said Kundig. “I am especially grateful for the vision of each of our clients, to live simply in a spectacular landscape, and for the opportunity to explore new places and new ideas. Projects like these serve as a laboratory for exploration, experimentation and discovery – other projects in other typologies at vastly different scales are directly informed by what we learn from residential design.

In February, Telluride Arts hosted a “Pole Party,” an opportunity for the public to view initial designs, get a sense of the project’s scope, and hear from Kundig, and staff and board members. administration of Telluride Arts.

As noted in a previous Daily Planet article, plans are subject to change, but currently include an enclosed space covering two-thirds of the area. The enclosed space will have a large glass door that opens like an overhead garage door and over the awning. When open, the door connects the outdoor fire pit to the entrance and can be closed in inclement weather. In addition to the enclosed space on the ground floor, a roof and a basement will be added. Telluride Arts excavated a small section of the previous basement to the right of the warehouse, which had been filled with rubble.

The design will ease the challenges of hosting events that are open to the elements, as well as exhibiting artwork. Additionally, it will create more usable space than is currently functional in the 1906 stone building with dirt floors and no roof.

“We want to create a completely flexible building that can adapt to all sorts of different artistic disciplines, from music, to film, to art installations, to art exhibitions. We want it to be a place where creativity thrives. thrive in this very adaptable space,” Telluride Arts executive director Kate Jones told The Planet in February.

Telluride Arts selected Olson Kundig in 2019.

“Olson Kundig has a quieter, more modest approach to building restoration that will allow the warehouse to be the warehouse – rustic, open-air, and still gritty – while increasing usability exponentially with flexible spaces , acoustic and air-conditioned,” Jones said.

The Transfer Warehouse has come under scrutiny from a number of people in the community, mostly neighbors, who are concerned about the noise from the music and events the venue hosts. Because it is an outdoor venue, its use grew exponentially during the pandemic, when indoor venues were deemed unsafe. It continues to be a thriving cultural and community center, despite concerns expressed by neighbors who say the noise is disruptive. The pushback includes that a nearby resident took steps to challenge his liquor license approval. A call for approval at a public hearing scheduled for the April 19 meeting of the Telluride City Council.

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