Houses
R-House, Syracuse, NY by Della Valle Bernheimer and Architecture Research Office Print E-mail
Friday, 01 April 2011 07:42

R-House_RichardBarnes1Photograph: © Richard BarnesThis prototype residence in Syracuse, New York, is called “R-House.” The design was a competition-winner as part of an initiative to revitalize the blighted Syracuse neighborhood of Westside. R-House presents an affordable, innovative paradigm: minimal- to- net-zero energy consumption embodied in architecture that is meant to nurture the spirit and engage the community as much as it is meant to perform in terms of cost and sustainable design.

R-House is a significant opportunity to demonstrate the successful application of innovative building strategies in a cold climate. The residence was designed to meet the German Passivhaus ultra-low energy standard, utilizing an extremely well-insulated exterior envelope, an efficient recirculating heating and ventilation system, and high performance windows that optimize solar gain.

 

Last Updated on Friday, 20 May 2011 12:28
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OS House, Racine, WI by Johnsen Schmaling Architects Print E-mail
Tuesday, 29 March 2011 06:42

OS-House_JohnJMacaulay_01Located in an old downtown neighborhood in Racine, Wisconsin, this 1,900 square foot house for a young family demonstrates how a small, sustainable residence built with a moderate budget can become a confident, new-urban constituent and a harbinger of change.

One of the first LEED Platinum certified homes in the Upper Midwest, the house occupies a narrow infill lot along the edge of Lake Michigan, completing a row of residences built over the last century. Based on massing studies testing the building’s performance in relation to site constraints, program, accessibility to sunlight, shading, stormwater management, and vegetation, the building is a simple rectangular volume that mediates between the three-story mansion to the north and the mid-century ranch to the south.

 

Last Updated on Friday, 20 May 2011 12:24
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North Beach Residence, Eastsound, WA by Heliotrope Architects Print E-mail
Monday, 28 March 2011 07:29

The design brief called for a very low-impact, easy-to-maintain, summer home that provides necessary programmatic functions with minimum distractions from the land and the view. Sustainability, durability and longevity were also considered critical elements of the program.
northbeach_BenBenschneider_1Photograph © Benjamin Benschnieder

The home is just over 2,000 square feet and includes a primary residence and two guest suites accessed from the deck outside. It is located on a northwesterly oriented beach fronting the Strait of Georgia, on a site that includes many second-growth douglas firs, a beech grove, and a grassy meadow with good solar exposure.

 

Last Updated on Monday, 28 March 2011 07:54
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1111 E. Pike, Seattle by Olson Kundig Architects Print E-mail
Thursday, 24 March 2011 14:17
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Seattle’s Pike/Pine Corridor is one of the city’s most vibrant neighborhoods. The owner and developer of this project, a long time resident of the neighborhood, prized the area's uniqueness.



Seeking to support the economic and social diversity of the neighborhood, she wanted to fill the disappearing stock of affordable housing. The program is multi-use: ground level retail, twenty-seven units between 623 and 1137square feet, a rooftop garden, and two levels underground parking.


The design response was to look to the history of the site and the neighborhood-- Seattle's "auto row." This typology is captured in 1111 E. Pike’s tall, wide windows and high ceilings, the use of steel at the entrance, and its exterior of panelized siding (with a palette inspired by classic car colors from the 1950's!).

Last Updated on Friday, 20 May 2011 11:01
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Combs Point Residence, Ovid, NY by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson Print E-mail
Wednesday, 23 March 2011 13:22
The residence at Combs Point is sited in a diverse natural world of lake, forest, valley, and stream. It is both a center of activity and a quiet retreat for a family that treasures life on the lake.
Combs-Point-2_Nic-LehouxPhotograph © Nic Lehoux

From the fanning delta at the lake’s edge, a delicate necklace of buildings stretches through a forested glen that leads to the waterfall at its head. An elevated boardwalk follows the twisting course of the stream as it connects the buildings and eventually dissolves into a path leading to the falls.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 March 2011 13:39
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Blair Barn House in Blair, Wisconsin by Alchemy Print E-mail
Tuesday, 22 March 2011 05:57

Blair-Barn-House-1_AlchemyThe Blair Barn House is a celebration of the straightforward utilitarian nature intrinsic to farm life. The house takes its clues from 19th century barns and updates them for a sustainable 21st century, with a goal of being modern yet acceptable, in a rural community where families have lived for generations. A locally-sawn white oak skin with few, but large, openings wraps and filters the house with barn light. Over- and under-spaces delineated by steel, custom-milled ash, rope work, stock cabinetry, and salvaged materials, fill the modest volume with barn space tempered with farmer's common sense.

Last Updated on Friday, 20 May 2011 12:35
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Ong & Ong - House at 45 Faber Park in Singapore Print E-mail
Thursday, 17 March 2011 05:56

Faber_Park_004-Tim-NolanPhotograph by Tim NolanThe clients for this house were a couple with three young children, a set of twins and a younger child. Their main concern was to maximise outdoor space. It was therefore essential that there would be sufficient space for the children to play outdoors as well as indoors. The priority of creating an open living space with a direct relationship to a large outdoor space became a driving force in the scheme.

The overall concept, derived from the clients’ requirements, was to create a living space open to the outdoors in a clean contemporary aesthetic. The building would need to allow fluid movement between each space within and perform as a sustainable mechanism.

In order to maximize space, the idea of pushing the mass of the building into the corner of the plot was developed. The concept of defining the bedroom areas and activity spaces as separate elements allowed for the final scheme to be reached. From the exterior, each element appears as a separate entity, however internally these have a strong connection to each other.

Last Updated on Friday, 20 May 2011 12:44
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Whitney Powers, AIA - River Road Residence in Charleston, South Carolina Print E-mail
Tuesday, 15 March 2011 06:15

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Built on a long, narrow site that is positioned between an expansive coastal landscape and a deep, second growth maritime forest. The clients wanted a very modern and very sustainable 5000-square-foot home/compound, including a four-bedroom “main” house with combination living/kitchen and dining/library areas, a master bedroom/home office suite, and a two-bedroom guest wing. The house embraces the outdoors through several elements such as a screen porch, second floor terraces, and a deck level pool.


The architect explains that the site gave him the opportunity to use forms and spaces to sculpt the compound into the landscape by breaking the spatial requirements into three distinct sections. The main house rests at the center, flanked on one side by a guest wing and on the other by the master bedroom/home office suite. The three sections form a U-shaped courtyard around a swimming pool. The three sections can be heated or cooled independently so that the entire compound doesn’t have to use energy if not in use.

Last Updated on Friday, 20 May 2011 12:39
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Base Architecture - Stonehawk in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia Print E-mail
Wednesday, 09 March 2011 09:56

The concept for the house is a charred box that protrudes horizontally like fallen lumber, complemented by sandstone rockwork and steel supports. Its concrete pool also reflects the charred timber theme in its internal finish.
base-stonehawk-05The cladding and structure employ the organic and raw materials in the natural surroundings: rough-sawn stained plywood, galvanized steel, and combinations of horizontal and vertical sections mimic the forms of the trees.

Last Updated on Friday, 20 May 2011 12:40
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