Info

Information

Since 1986 GAH has been North America's most established back country resort. GAH operates 4  lodges; Sunrise, Meadow, Vista and Sentry in the Esplanade Range in BC within an area of 50,000 acres. Summer guests come to explore over 125 kilometers of hiking trails. Winter skiers/snowboarders enjoy world class powder snow

Phone: Toll Free (US/Canada)  1-888-344-6424

Webcam

Golden Alpine Holidays

. . .

.

.

Golden Alpine Holidays (GAH) is seeking design concepts + creative ideas from students & professionals to address the challenges surrounding replacing our old lodge in the remote Esplanade mountain range of British Columbia

. . .

CLICK HERE FOR COMPETITION POSTER

.

HISTORY //

The Selkirk Mountains with their deep valleys and massive glaciers have always been a difficult barrier to cross. That all changed in 1881, though, when an American surveyor named A.B. Rogers was able to navigate a rail line through the rugged mountain range. When this epic engineering feat was completed, there lay a railway link spanning the East Coast to the Pacific Coast and Canada emerged as a true nation 


CONTEXT //

The Esplanades, a sub-range of the Selkirk Mountains, situated at the geographical axis of the adjacent Purcell and Rocky Mountains looms high above Canada’s busiest rail line. Nestled in the heart of this geographically powerful spot sits SUNRISE LODGE.  Sunrise, first built in 1986 to serve the needs of a fledgling group of fringy backcountry enthusiasts has been the source of countless adventures. Time in the alpine, unfortunately, is a cruel force and Sunrise is in need of a makeover 

. . .

CLICK HERE FOR GOOGLE EARTH LOCATION

. . .

CLICK HERE FOR CONTEXT & SITE PHOTOS

.


RATIONAL //

The creation of a new Sunrise Lodge poses a unique challenge to elevate a classic design into something much more durable and therefore, sustainable.  Forged by  tectonic forces of millions of years, subjected to  equally long periods of erosion, buffeted by windstorms, hammered by torrential rain, bludgeoned by large hailstones and lit up annually by dozens of lightning strikes, the sturdy metamorphic terrain on which Sunrise resides is poised to stand the test of time much better than any manmade structure


EVALUATION //

Each proposal will be evaluated on a number of criteria, such as:

  • STRENGTH AND CLARITY OF CONCEPT;
  • ORIGINALITY; 
  • QUALITY OF PRESENTATION; 
  • APPROPRIATENESS TO CONTEXT; AND MOST IMPORTANTLY 
  • ITS CONSTRUCTABILITY AND EFFICENCY AT A REMOTE SITE WITH AN EXTREME CLIMATE

New Sunrise will be judged with additional focus on the hut’s ability to serve the culture and community of the exploding demographic of human powered adventure seekers who like hikers, spitboarders and ski tourers find reality not in the cities but within the backcountry.

Successful proposals need to be buildable, affordable, efficient with systems, and efficient with transport, but also incorporate comfortable sleeping arrangements and a potential gathering space that speaks of  the traditional hearth, around which stories are shared and bonds are made


VISION //

The project requires entrants to imagine a versatile architectural base camp for sheltering clients in a vast, dynamic landscape defined by topographical contrast and ecological variation. Within the context of glaciers, snowfields, rugged mountains and stunning vistas, and accompanied by the respective trekking ethos of leaving only your footprints, the nearest architectural paradigm is perhaps that of a good old fashioned load friendly shed.


STATS & DELIVERABLES //

Submissions are limited to two (2) ARCH D size boards (24in x 36in or 61Omm x 914mm) oriented landscape or portrait.

Latitude: 51°32’58.73”N 

Longitude:  117°32’58.65”W 

Elevation: 2134M 

Snow Load: minimum 7 meters

SUBMISSIONS MUST BE DESIGNED TO INCLUDE:

  • Kitchen
  • Dining area 
  • Recreation/recharge zone 
  • Communal area 
  • Gear room(s) 
  • Cold storage Area 
  • Work Room 
  • Mech Room and Storage area
  • Sleeping accommodations (10 people)
  • ***Toilets/Outhouses | Human waste removal - the removal of human waste is an expensive challenge in need of a creative solution. Currently, outhouse barrels are flown out of the range once full.  

ENERGY SOURCES:

  • Solar
  • Propane
  • Wood Burning Heat
  • Other creative ideas...


PRIZES //

1st Place - $1,000

2nd Place - $500

3rd Place - $250


SUBMISSION DETAILS //

In order to participate, individuals/teams must complete the following registration form and submit a payment of $25 to Golden Alpine Holidays by May 31, 2017. 

Final submissions must be sent to Golden Alpine Holidays by email (in a PDF document - formatted to a maximum of two (2) ARCH D size boards (24in x 36in or 610mm x 914mm) oriented landscape or portrait) no later than May 31st, 2017. Registration and payment should be completed prior to May 31 and before submitting final designs so that participants have time to add their unique confirmation number to each panel of their final design entry.

Payment is made by emailing a completed copy of the registration form (below) to admin@gah.ca
where the office administrator will process a payment of $25 and send you a confirmation email.

Once payment has been processed, you will receive a confirmation number (via email) associated with your competition submission that must be added to all panels of your final design. If you have any questions regarding submission details or payment, please send an email to admin@gah.ca

CLICK HERE FOR REGISTRATION FORM


JUDGES //

Scott Bell - MPlan | Urban Planner/Designer
                              SB Planning + Design
                              City of Vancouver (Planner)

Kristin Van Ginkel | Architect, Retired
                              Retired member of:
                              The Royal Architecture Institute of Canada (RAIC)
                              The Alberta Association of Architects (AAA)
                              National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), Washington, DC
                              The American Institute of Architects (AIA)
                              Architect Member, The State of Washington
                              Architect Member, The State of Arizona

Cody Lank - Custodian | Golden Alpine Holidays


Terms & Conditions

Golden Alpine Holidays holds the right to change or adapt the rules and regulations of any promotion or competition at any time. It is the responsibility of the participants to check for regular updates, notification and changes to competition rules, regulations and terms. Participants agree to the terms and conditions of this competition when they register.

Any team that does not follow the submission guidelines for the competition may be subject to disqualification.

Winning teams must provide a valid method to accept monetary rewards within two weeks of the award being presented. Failure to receive monetary awards in timely manner may result in the award being revoked.

Competition participants will receive their individual or team confirmation number after completing registration. This number is used for identification purposes throughout the jury voting process. Any submission that does not include this confirmation number as stated or incorrectly may be subject to disqualification.

Golden Alpine Holidays holds the right to change competition dates as it sees fit at any time as well as revoke any promotion or competition without further notice.

Golden Alpine Holidays holds the right to adjust deadlines throughout the duration of the competition, as well as the right to disqualify late submissions.

Competition entries will never be judged with participant information as an influence, submissions are judged solely on submitted work. Jury decisions may not be argued by participants and are final unless later information proves otherwise.

Once registration is completed no refunds prior to or after the competitions deadline will be granted. All registration payments are final.

Competition awards of any manner are subject to change throughout the competition. Additional awards may be added, awards may be subtracted or altered at any time. It is the participant’s responsibility to regularly check the website and be aware of any changes.

Competition entries are legally the property of Golden Alpine Holidays upon submission. Golden Alpine Holidays reserves the right to publish submitted work on their website and any other platform that seems fit. Golden Alpine Holidays aims to publish competition work on as many platforms as possible, individuals and teams agree to these publications upon submission.

Golden Alpine Holidays holds the right to dictate method of payment, whether physical, electronic or to be accepted by a specific platform. (such as Paypal.)

Golden Alpine Holidays holds the right to edit and change publications in any way, as well as use submitted data for future promotions. Submitted graphics, information and ideas become the property of Golden Alpine Holidays until the publication process and competition follow through are completed.

Golden Alpine Holidays is in no way liable for the designs submitted by participants and teams. It is the responsibility of the participants to create original work.