Sustained Illumination by Studio 5

This project was selected as a Finalist by the jury of the Bauhaus Campus 2021 competition. Registration ID #2998
Studio 5
Noah Desjardins
Carleton University Azrieli School of Architecture

Walter Gropius’ 1919 Bauhaus was about innovation and the idea of reimagining the material world and how it reflects the unity of all the arts. Yet, in 1919 the world was looking at this differently with steel, concrete, and curtain wall construction as innovations for its time, but very common nowadays. Bauhaus Campus 2021 must be equally as innovative, a campus built for a sustainable future addressing critical environmental concerns with a vision towards reducing our carbon footprint. Sustained Illumination is built with sustainable materials, beginning with its overall mass timber structure and its positive environmental impact. Moreover, the envelope is a Polycarbonate curtain wall with high refractive properties creating softer shadows in the workshop studios and all around. Polycarbonate helps lighting levels reach a higher level, reducing the dependency on electrical power. These main components and related technological innovations reflect the overall goals of Sustained Illumination towards positive contribution towards much-needed ecological balance.

The flexible panel uses a blank panel that slides in between two metal plates. The metal plates clamp to the floor allowing it to be positioned anywhere.

The moveable walls are used in the classrooms.  They are hung from the ceiling and can fold together creating a larger classroom if necessary. Turning a twenty-person classroom into a forty person.

The 2021 Bauhaus is made of sustainable materials. A timber and post structure is used and assembled with the idea that it can be taken down and reconfigured if needed.

The original state of the lot is more or less flat. Surrounded by low buildings and train tracks. 

A hill is added at the east end of the site to suppress the sounds of the trains as well as create a graffiti wall for the students.

The volumes are low to blend in with the surrounding buildings and minimize their impact on the landscape.

During the day the Polycarbonate will create soft shadows and will reduce electricity use. At night it will illuminate the landscape.

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