Please consider the following Unbuilt Projects submitted in this year's AIA Eastern Oklahoma Design Excellence Awards. The link to vote for your favorite can be found at the bottom of this page.
call themselves Gaigwu, most given with the meaning “Principal People.”
Inspired by their expressive heritage, Beck Design created a hotel and event
center reminiscent of the Kiowa tribe itself. Symbolism played an important
part in the rich design of this building, starting at the monumental entrance
through the hotel and into the event center. The main entry and drop represents
the open arms welcoming visitors and guest as they enter through the imagery of
the historical teepee. The Kiowa’s traditions embrace entering the building on
the east where the sun rises and the colors of red and purple which have direct
relations to their tribal towns. The Kiowa tribe’s organic culture was the
inspiration for the interior design. The intricate weaving of their pottery,
rich history and vibrant colors take in the space.
The crossing has been a part of Tulsa history
for more than 100 years. During this time our city has grown into a thriving
city providing opportunities across generations, from all walks of life. We
propose a new, modern form that creates a natural, flowing sense of movement as
it is experienced. Alongside Tulsa’s long sought-after goal of “water in the
river”, this distinctive form creates a memorable landmark as well as a
sculptural addition to our city’s skyline and the revitalization riverfront.
Bridges represent connection, and this crossing offers the opportunity to bring
our city closer together through the design of the bridge by incorporating many
vignettes and activities along the full length of the structure. Each area is
named to embrace a fun or defining piece of Tulsa history. There are places for
reflection and opportunities to sit and take in the beautiful view of Turkey
Mountain, downtown, the river, and the amazing Gathering Place without
disrupting the flow of walkers, joggers, or cyclists. Green spaces with native
local flora reach out from either bank and create a visually open separation
between the entwined bicycle and pedestrian trails. Paths are carved out of a
series of fins, spaced to provide shade without limiting the views. Twists in
these trails keep visitors engaged and encourage progression and interaction at
every stage of the crossing. Rises create 360-degree views, and dips lower
toward the water to form multiple fishing docks for recreation and a small
amphitheater, all to showcase the myriad of wonders today’s Tulsa has to offer.
design of the building was inspired by the prevalent style of the 1920's Owen
Park historic neighborhood of West Tulsa, Craftsman.
The challenge from the Client was to provide four entry level homes in an historic neighborhood that is just beginning to experience a renaissance. To that end we created four 1,600sf units that could be purchased in the price range of $220,000 to $240,000.
We looked to the Craftsman principle of connectivity and infill surfaces to form the basis of our design. The expression of the heavy timber connections of post to beam provides the frame for the remainder of the structure. A composition of glass, brick, wood lap siding and glass block within the heavy timber grid complete the exterior enclosure. A stepped concrete base acting as a plinth for all four units on the sloped site provides a unified base.
The projection of the master bedroom bay window and the penthouse with its green roof take advantage of the views of Tulsa's historic skyline. Each unit has a front porch to welcome both visitors and respect the existing street scape.
All in all this was a father-son exercise. We had built forts in the back yard but never designed a structure together. We still talk to each other so I guess you could call it a successful enterprise!