Houses
Coates Design - Island Residence on Bainbridge Island, WA Print E-mail
Tuesday, 21 July 2009 07:35

Coates_island_16“Collaborative and Enlightening” describes the 3-year effort by Coates Design's Matthew and Ruth Coates in designing and building their first home. Located on Bainbridge Island, near Seattle Washington, the architect couple’s endeavor was a true team effort that included design, contracting, and labor toward the finished product. The couple’s sweat-equity is evident in the home’s site-milled siding, movable casework, and concrete countertops.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 July 2009 06:06
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Pb Elemental Architecture - Cloverdale Houses in South Park Seattle Washington Print E-mail
Friday, 17 July 2009 07:43

PB_ELE_Cloverdale_01Located in South Park Seattle Washington, this project by Seattle based Pb Elemental Architecture was completed in May 2008. It includes 3 units total approximating 900 sq ft each.

The long, thin site of 3720 sq ft consists of 3 homes – one singular home and one duplex in the rear of the site. With an emphasis on height, the homes are unique in design and space planning. 

While the duplex homes have identical floor plans, the separate home (pictured here)is a tri-level home that differ in space and planning.

Last Updated on Friday, 17 July 2009 09:45
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a|k|a architecture + design - The Whistler Cay Residence in Whistler, British Columbia Print E-mail
Monday, 13 July 2009 07:46

The Whistler Cay Residence is a 5000 sq. ft. single-family home located in one of Whistler's oldest residential neighborhoods, with spectacular views of Whistler, Blackcomb, and other surrounding mountains.
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The design incorporates the vernacular materials of the typical Whistler mountain home, and applies them with a contemporary language, using clean and simple gestures that are at once bold yet subtle. The extensive use of wood, primarily Douglas fir and Red cedar, provides warmth and context in the mountain environment, as well as continuity between interior and exterior.

Last Updated on Monday, 29 March 2010 07:45
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XTEN Architecture - Openhouse in Los Angeles, California Print E-mail
Thursday, 09 July 2009 07:29

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The Openhouse is embedded into a narrow and sharply sloping property in the Hollywood Hills, a challenging site that led to the creation of a house that is both integrated into the landscape and open to the city below.



Retaining walls are configured to extend the first floor living level into the hillside and to create gardens on two levels. The front, side and rear elevations of the house slide open to erase all boundaries between indoors and out, connecting the spaces to gardens on both levels.

Last Updated on Monday, 07 December 2009 08:01
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Michael P. Johnson Design Studios - The Silverman Residence in Scottsdale, Arizona Print E-mail
Tuesday, 07 July 2009 06:01

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The Silverman Residence, juxtaposed in a non-descript neighborhood in Scottsdale, Arizona renders itself as architecture.


Upon approach, the street side façade (North Elevation) is a composition of white stucco finished volumes which are unified by a cantilevered steel structural element painted black. The steel element comprises an entrance canopy to the North and a balcony to the South that overlooks a lap/reflecting pool, as well as, the man made lake of which the neighborhood surrounds.

Upon entering the residence, a soaring volume is immediately encountered providing views to both the lower and upper level of the residence. The only demarcation between the two levels is a simple glass railing, creating a spaciousness not normally introduced into residential construction.

All photographs courtesy of Bill Timmerman

Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 July 2009 15:23
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Michael Jantzen - Homestead House Print E-mail
Friday, 03 July 2009 07:52

homestead_house_01Inspired by his experimental design work in the late 1960s as an undergraduate at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, Michael Jantzen decided to re-examine the potential use of certain readily available agricultural building components in the creation of alternative housing systems.

The Homestead House is a conceptual design for alternative housing that explores the potential use of a commercially available steel, prefabricated, modular, high strength, low cost, arch building system normally used for agricultural purposes.

Last Updated on Monday, 23 November 2009 13:56
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Rhotenberry Wellen Architects - Cinco Camp in Brewster County, Texas Print E-mail
Tuesday, 16 June 2009 06:54

Continuing our feature of the recipients of 2009 AIA Housing Awards with this project, located on a remote ranch in far West Texas in the vicinity of Big Bend National Park, 26 miles from the nearest town.
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The owner desired a retreat that was economically and quickly constructed, which would cause a minimal impact on the chosen building site. Recycled shipping containers were chosen as the primary building component for their compact size and ready availability.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 June 2009 07:25
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Abramson Teiger Architects - Private Residence in Toronto, Canada Print E-mail
Monday, 15 June 2009 07:28

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This house is an exploration of the traditional division of a building into base, middle and roof. The solidity of the base is maintained. It reads heavy and rooted to the earth. The second floor is light and almost without walls.


The roof flies above. To accommodate the causal lifestyle of the Davis family, the architects developed an open floor plan on the first floor where the kitchen and family room are one and the same, opening up to the garden. Adjacent to the kitchen is a studio for the client’s wife.

Last Updated on Saturday, 21 November 2009 06:59
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Ehrlich Architects - 700 Palms Residence in Venice, California Print E-mail
Monday, 08 June 2009 07:46

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We continue the series dedicated to the 2009 AIA Housing Awards with this great looking house from Ehrlich Architects.

According to the architect, the objective for this eco-friendly residence in Venice, California was to design a high-performance home that dissolves the barriers between indoors and outdoors; utilize raw, honest materials appropriate to the bohemian grittiness of the surrounding community; and have the smallest carbon footprint in balance with lifestyle.

Last Updated on Saturday, 21 November 2009 14:31
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