Their winning design is informed by The Lions, or Ch’ich’iyúy Elxwíkn (Twin Sisters), unique North Shore mountain peaks that are covered by snow for much of the year and can be seen from many parts of the region. Stark Architecture’s Ice Boxes abstractly capture the landmark with faceted forms and white walls that deflect and reflect light.
In May, Passive House Canada issued a call for design submissions for structures that could be built both to code and to the super-insulated Passive House building standard. Five entries were submitted and assessed by City of Vancouver engineers and Passive House Canada-certified architects and trainers.
Passive House Canada thanks all those who entered the design competition:
- Ria Purnam
- The Cool House Team: Ian Robertson, James A.V. Bligh, Pierre-Andre Santin (MIZU Passive House Consulting), Simon Chan, and Cu Nguyen
- David Arnott, Stark Architecture, and Troy Glasner and team, at E3 Eco Group
- Gwill Symons, Cornerstone Architecture
- Travis Derreck, Stantec Architecture
With buildings contributing as much as 56 per cent of the City of Vancouver’s greenhouse gas emissions, the city’s Renewable City Strategy and Zero Emissions Building Plan focus on high-performance buildings becoming more widespread throughout the municipality in coming years.