Design by Duncan ‧ Wisniewski Architecture.
Elm Place, Cathedral Square’s new senior residential building in Milton, VT. The first certified multi-family building in Vermont to meet the Passive House Standard for energy efficiency.
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About the Duncan ‧ Wisniewski Architecture
Bob Duncan and Michael Wisniewski formed Duncan • Wisniewski Architecture in 1985 after enjoying working together in another firm. We shared a commitment to certain principles related to architecture, society, the realization of design as built work. and what would come to be called sustainability. Pursuing these ideals, we chose to remain a relatively small firm to devote our personal attention to clients and their projects. On any given project, big or small, either Bob or Michael will be the partner in charge and intimately involved from design through construction. Over the past decade we have developed a small, but very dynamic and talented staff who are taking us to the next level in our work. Our work ranges from small renovations to large structures and even entire neighborhoods.
Design is not a linear process where a grand vision is articulated and the rest is just rote implementation while trying to prevent practical realities from intruding. It is more dynamic, full of feedback loops and revisions as layers of information that go far beyond the artistic are distilled down into a design. Design is elegant when the artistic and practical are welded into one; when, as quoted above, multiple desires are expressed in a single solution.
At the beginning of design we think of many things at the same time; program, site and context are in the foreground, but we are also looking down the road and using our experience to find solutions that will integrate vision with pesky reality.
A perfect example is a parking garage under a building which, per code, can be open or closed. Open is a visible and a thorny design element to address. Closed is hidden but needs ventilation which has upfront and operating costs as well as a long term negative carbon footprint for the electricity to run the ventilation. Either solution might be appropriate, but being aware of what seems to be a detail early in the process allows us to balance the design and energy equation early on and integrate the decision into the solution.
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