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ecoFLEX wins 2009 Unbuilt Architecture Award

Friday, 24 July 2009

A Shepley Bulfinch design team has won a prestigious 2009 Unbuilt Architecture Design Award from the Boston Society of Architects.

ecoFLEX, the winning project, was one of ten winning entries chosen from more than 90 submissions in the BSA’s Unbuilt Architecture Design Awards program, which is open to architects from around the world. It was designed for the Tall Emblem Structure competition in Dubai earlier this year.

The Shepley Bulfinch design team of Angela Watson, Luke Voiland, Lauren Deck, and Allan Donnelly, joined by Paul Kassabian of Simpson Gumpertz and Heger, will be honored in November at the BSA Jurors’ Forum during the Build Boston, where the winning boards will be displayed.

The iconic and innovative design of ecoFLEX manifests Dubai’s natural temperature cycles in a physical form. Rather than creating a disconnect between interior and exterior environment inherent in conditioned spaces, ecoFLEX seeks to provide climate control while re-connecting people with the elements of Dubai‚Äôs climate. ecoFLEX features heat-sensitive assemblies that modulate with the temperature to create varying levels of shading and wind shielding. The module flexes when heated to block sunlight and contracts when cooled to allow breezes through the screen. The climate’s natural cycles are manifest in this highly visible reaction.

Sited in an urban park, the ecoFLEX program includes sightseeing, dining, exhibit, and recreation spaces.

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