An interesting amnesia occurred following the Modernist movement, when post-modernism sought to look outside of architecture for both meaning and relevance. We often talk in our office about how this amnesia fostered a lack of confidence in our profession and the need to substantiate architecture by associating it with peripheral disciplines such as philosophy, biology, mathematics, etc. What we find unfortunate is that basic architectural fundamentals such as site, climate, light, materiality, tectonics, culture, etc. have become marginalized or, in some cases, completely abandoned in favor of generative formal strategies derived from remote fields that, although tangential to architecture, lend themselves towards a more academic exercise devoid of any relevance or connection to context or culture.
This was our point of departure for LiFTT condominiums. The project explores the relationship and inter-dependency of the container and the contained. On the north side, the container responds to the harsher climatic exposure with terraces that push inward, creating a sheltered environment. In contrast, the south side embraces the sun and the downtown view by pushing balconies outward. Given that the west façade receives the highest amount of sunlight and heat gain, the container adapts/responds once again, transitioning to vertical louvers which not only provide shading, but blur the boundary between the container and the contained. It is this responsiveness to context that allows architecture to do things again, and not just represent things!