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Rol Fieldwalker Architect | AIBC
A Dwelling:
The goal is to create a dwelling that connects emotionally with the occupants and provides spiritual affirmation by virtue of its presence in their life. A dwelling that has the ability to inspire awe and respect,and that is durable enough to last for many generations. A space that not only confirms and sustains the natural world of which it is a part, but reflects the regional materials, climate, culture, and traditions of its occupants. Current practice is predicated on adapting domestic architecture to the West coast’s regional climatic and geographic context and incorporating passive solar energy strategies and geothermal systems as part of the design rationale, creating synergistic patterns with indigenous materials.
RFA is a Vancouver architecture firm with over 40 years experience in West Coast residential, multi-unit, and commercial design…Early influences included working in the offices of architects Barry Downs, Arthur Erickson, and Thompson, Berwick and Pratt, and landscape architects John Lantzius and Don Vaughn.

…it reflects the way
I relate to the world.

I feel connected with it
emotionally.

-Diana Li, Urban Oasis

The Region

THE REGIONAL CONTEXT: BRITISH COLUMBIA
All architecture is regional. Sited in a particular geographic and climatic location, like a plant, rooted in the earth and adapted to its location on earth. Creating patterns of structure, resisting gravity, turning to the light of the sun. The climatic, geographic, & cultural characteristics of a region determine the initial context for architectural design.The coast of British Columbia has a specific kind of light, heavy Pacific rainfalls, regular cloud cover, and spectacular coastal forests on mountain fiords that reach down into the sea. These regional climatic and geographic elements are a major influence on residential design in the Pacific Northwest.

THE LIGHT 
There is a lot of moisture in the atmosphere of the West Coast of British Columbia year round. Tiny water droplets reflect, disperse,and absorb the rays of sunlight and create a “light fill” condition in which the whole sky becomes the light source. This diffuse light softens form, and diminishes the clarity of smaller details. Large overhangs shade light from the windows, so larger windows, skylights, and open floor plans allow the light back in, conserving energy and ensuring a strong connection with rhythmic solar patterns that vary throughout the seasons. Orientation is important to take advantage of this pattern.

THE RAIN 
The Pacific Northwest is known as a rainforest climate. Cloud cover, moist air, and rain are common. Roof overhangs and entry areas need to be deeper to protect the structure from moisture and provide a larger area of shelter next to the walls. Large quantities of rain water must be handled by roof design and roof drainage systems. Rain catchment systems can help to reduce and conserve water use where applicable.

THE CONNECTION TO NATURE
The same ocean that brings moisture to the coastal land mass also creates a milder climate, allowing a lifestyle with strong connections to the outdoors. Interior spaces are extended outwards through sliding, glass doors or fixed panes of glass, to terraces & decks, and gardens, opening the interior to views of the beautiful natural landscape. The giant trees of fir and cedar provide an ideal structural material; strong, easy to work, beautiful in colour, renewable, and warm to touch. At the same time, the forests provide inspiration for structural, water containment and dispersal systems, from micro to macro scale.

Architecture is not sculpture, it’s not an object in space.

It contains the space. That’s where the guts are.

-Rol Fieldwalker

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Arc Cine combines three decades of architectural experience with a film and sound design studio. We collaborate with architects, designers, and builders to communicate their design intent, process, resulting forms, and emotions. We produce short films that document, inform, and celebrate the architectural process while reflecting the individuality of each project.

In the same way that an architect must consider the materials and structure for the implementation of a design, we utilizes production and post production workflows usually reserved for film, theatre, and broadcast applications. By integrating writing, production, cinematography, sound design, and music, our goal is to capture each project’s unique story and voice, creating an emotional connection with the viewer.

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dream in shadows

Live in light

-Rol Fieldwalker

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