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In addition to the use of landscaping and natural light, another feature earning respect from this years judges is the effective blending of new and existing structures.
Inspired by having the Pacific Ocean about a half-mile away, architects at Marina del Rey, Calif.-based Lee, Burkhart, Liu developed an undulating wave design for the roofs of the three buildings to be included in the Veterans Affairs Departments new blind rehabilitation center in Long Beach, Calif. The wave roof design will also be used for corridors connecting to existing buildings.
Erich Burkhart, a principal at the architecture firm, says the original VA Long Beach facilities were built after World War II and a disjointed campus sprung up around it.
The campus has evolvedor metastasized, to use a medical termover the years, and early on, we knew the campus would need a unifying element, says Burkhart, who served as the lead designer and principal in charge of the project. These buildings will be located at the front of the campus, so we tried to give a new face to the campus with a unifying architectural theme. We wanted to create a repetitious element that was highly modular so it could evolve over time easily.
One judge compared the wave roofs to spoilers on a sports car, and several had very high praise.