[BIEE] - BALTIMORE INSTITUTE FOR ECOLOGICAL ECONOMICS
BALTIMORE INSTITUTE FOR ECOLOGICAL ECONOMICS
Team: Austin Raimond and Karina Perez-Ayalde
Building Size: 17,000sq ft
The Baltimore Institute for Ecological Economics (BIEE) – (a.k.a. - Environmental Research Office): the building as a model for future development; making ecological systems and processes visible/transparent; a “living building, like a tree; minimize the footprint; flexibility in design for future changes and multiple uses; food production on site (where possible); clustering offices around meeting and social areas; an ecological design aesthetic; harnessing ambient energies from site – wind, sun, water; and closing cycles to eliminate waste. Since the IEE scientists frequently study watersheds, wetlands and water processes, they would like to demonstrate the extent to which building can respond to the natural hydrology of a site and nearby watershed features. For the most constrained sites, using the buildings potential living “green” roof as a man-made watershed could be the subject of study and experimentation.
STUDENT DESIGN AGENDA:
As a team, we wanted our design to accomplish two major goals: First, to create a net-zero water filtration system to service the building. Second, to have that water filtration system extend into the urban landscape of our site to engage the public in the form of a wetland terrace park. We see our project solution as more than just a building but the designed intersection between public & private, research & education, collection & filtration, and building & landscape.
2015 AIA DESIGN AWARD RECIPIENT
Student Architectural Design ─ Graduate / Beginning Design
Project: Baltimore Institute for Ecological Economics ─ Baltimore, Maryland
Student Team: Karina Perez-Ayalde and Austin Raimond
School: University of Maryland, School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation
Project Type: Studio – December 2014
Faculty Sponsor: Peter Noonan, Professor/School of Architecture
"A beautifully crafted and thoughtful ecological solution where the design concept flows through every dimension: plan, section, elevation, detail. This level of development and thoroughness is an incredible accomplishment for a first year graduate student. (Are you looking for a job?!?)"