2011: Emeryville WINNERS

Photo courtesy of The Sherwin-Williams Company, circa 1930′s.

The design site for Architecture At Zero 2011 was an industrial urban infill site in Emeryville, California. The design challenge was to create a mixed-use building or set of buildings that included 240 residential housing units, one 1200 square foot retail space and a 4000 square foot new public library branch. As part of the competition, all building designs were required to be grid-tied and reasonably demonstrate the competition’s criteria for zero net energy; that the energy use of the building(s) and its occupants be less than or equal to the energy produced by on-site renewable generation, as measured over a calendar year.

A view of the Competition Site in Emeryville, CA.

The competitors also met specific program criteria chosen from the City’s general and specific area plans, including open space requirements for the site, and the extension of the street grid into the site.

The site had been a former Sherwin-Williams paint factory for almost 100 years and was in the completion stages of site clean-up during the 2011 competition.

The competition team would like to recognize the City of Emeryville and Sherwin-Williams for their enthusiasm and cooperation in making Architecture At Zero 2011 a success.

Architecture At Zero 2011 Winners

Towards Net Zero Energy

Chris Parlette
Berkeley, CA


Tom Tang, Yijie Dang
New York, NY

Phototactic – Ville

Jihyoon Yoon
Harvard University
Cambridge, MA

Ripple Effect

Curtis Ryan, Sara Maas, Kyle Blomquist
University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee
Milwaukee, WI

Battery Park from Zero to Positive

HOK San Francisco
San Francisco, CA

2011 Architecture at Zero Jury

Bob Berkebile, FAIA, BNIM Architects
Lawrence Scarpa, FAIA, Brooks + Scarpa Architecture
Stephen Selkowitz, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Susan Szenasy, Metropolis magazine
Allison Williams, FAIA, AECOM