2.5 years in the making. The Desert Botanical Garden Horticulture Center Phase I is 99% complete. Hundreds of people toured the site during the final weekend of February. The project is now open to the public. Professional photos and a project page to come.
coLAB studio started around 18 years ago as a side project. Ten years ago it became a full-time endeavor. We are excited to have reached this milestone and look back at all we have accomplished in that time including 24 major design awards and dozens of publications. More importantly, we have a growing list of happy clients including two repeat clients currently. Its been a good decade.
The dedication also included a ritual blessing. All in all, a really amazing dedication.
What? coLAB studio is making pink stucco houses?
No. Not at all. This is an advanced weather barrier that is fluid applied to the exterior sheathing. Its part of the building technology system we use to make the insulation much more effective. This house's AC system uses very little power, which enables us to have a 1680 SF home net-zero with just over a 3 kWh photovoltaic system.
The rough panel is cut, pre-bead-blasting.
University of Georgia Press has published this collection of essays and case studies about retrofitting sprawl. And research by Matthew Salenger of colab studio is in it! You can see more about the research and art-publication associated with it under "Individualocracy" in the projects section of colab's website.
Much of the paving and seating is now in place. Waiting for the landscaping, which should really make the plaza come to life. I'm also curious to see how the colored concrete comes out. The first color they've put in isn't showing up much, but it hasn't been cleaned and sealed yet. However, the shade from the canopy has a really nice balance to it. Not solid- but feels cooler under it.