During the years of planning Shillim, “green,” “sustainable” design started to gain currency. LEED and other environmental guideline systems began to guide architecture and landscape design around the world. Between 1997 and 2012, the practices pioneered at Shillim early on — reforestation, sustainable storm-water management, grey water recycling, minimum-impact standards, for example – shifted from fringe to mainstream. Today the place uses almost 500 KW capacity of solar energy to run its administrative buildings and recycles almost 100% of its food waste that is converted into organic compost used back in the landscape. But the “green” methods deployed at Shillim were never the end; it was the design of remarkable buildings, which are intimately engaged with and express this unique landscape, that drove the project. The team never adopted a purist attitude that held ecology as more important than design; rather they wove together the design and environmental agendas.

Architectural Studio Concept Note

Architectural Studio Recommendation Letter