This project utilized a fully radiant heating system, and foam based insulation.
Use of natural daylighting was a large part of the strategy.
The site for this project, located on an alley facing south, offered several opportunities and challenges. Having two exposed facades brings abundant daylight into all spaces. Concerned about the first floor views of existing garages, garbage cans and utility equipment, we developed an exterior vertical screen-wall. This screen wraps from the front, to the south façade, providing privacy from the street and alley, while simultaneously shading from the sun and adding depth to the planar surfaces.
The south masonry building wall, set directly on the property line, is designed to be a ‘tough edge’ at the base and lifts the first floor away from the activity of the alley and street. This plinth grows from an earth berm sloping up to the front door. It continues behind the house as the outdoor living terrace and becomes to the garage in the rear yard. The second floor is developed as a light, taut volume that floats above, clad in rain-screen panels.
All of the exterior spaces are programmed and inhabited; the interior spaces are expanded through and connected to the landscape elements, creating a sanctuary in the middle of the city. On the first floor, views from the central kitchen island connect to the light-filled living room in the front, and through the dining area to the rear terrace. The raised terrace is a few steps down from the first floor, and a short stair connects to the sprawling garage roof deck with built-in soft seating and fire-pit.