From the architects “This private house proposes a new way of living in the tropical Hawaiian climate. Whereas most houses on Maui are sealed air-conditioned boxes, this residence is predominantly naturally ventilated, designed to take advantage of the sea breezes to cool the interior and exterior spaces. The roof overhangs are carefully designed to ensure direct sun is kept form all glazed surfaces and interior spaces, the flowing water completes the microclimate and offers beautifully dappled reflections onto the undersides of roofs. The house is composed of five separate buildings, linked by broad covered ways and wrapped around an open courtyard. The living pavilions are able to be totally opened to encourage airflow, and to provide views from the courtyard through to the sea.”. For further detail visit Private Residence by Pete Bossley Architects.
From the architects “Located in the rapidly expanding eastern end of Omaha Beach, one row of sections back from the sand dunes, the house is an exercise in symmetry modulated to suit the site. In order to sit calmly in the somewhat jumbled context, it has clear formal structure: two symmetrical plywood-clad boxes float over pre-cast concrete panels and present a strong elevation to the street, symmetrical above and modified below to provide a welcoming entry sequence. The formality becomes frayed with an incised terrace and horizontal planes of louvred sunscreens to the sea and sun on the north. This format offers privacy from the street and a more relaxed relationship between the interior spaces and the lawn with beach beyond…..”
From the architects “A series of buildings are configured on a 10,000 square foot lot creating a protected inner courtyard. Folded planes define the roof and walls of the two story main house. Strategically placed windows frame views and perforate the building in a seemingly haphazard way. The pool house and guest wing offer restrained counterpoints in the form of modernist boxes mirroring each other at either end of the open outdoor space.”
Located in Rodondo Beach California, this house was designed by Patrick Tighe Architects. From the architects “The 3000 square foot residence is located in Rodondo Beach. A courtyard is carved out of the building massing. Walls of glass open to an internal outdoor room. The scale of the neighborhood is maintained with a single story component at the street. A larger mor expressive volume extends toward the ocean. An east-west is maintained as the two entities circumscribe the courtyard. The building is grounded at the suburban neighborhood condition and rises to the west in response to the ocean and city views.”
This house located in Venice Beach, California and designed by Patrick Tighe Architects, from the architects “The 4200 square foot building stands on a corner lot along the Venice Beach Boardwalk. A forced perspective is used in the interior to open the 20′ wide by 90′ long house to the Pacific Ocean. The utilities of the building are contained within the service core and concealed within a wall that longitudinally bisects the narrow building. A double height atrium space serves as the entrance. A roof top deck provides panoramic views of the Coast. A solar canopy, rooftop garden and other sustainable building systems and materials are integral to the design.”
From the architects “As mountain guides, Scott Schell and Margaret Wheeler are used to the upper reaches of the Cascades. Their site in the foothills above Snoqualmie is not far from work. The house, designed by Johnston Architects PLLC and built by Tall Tree Construction, accommodates both professional and practical demands, but it also fulfills a deep desire to do what is right. The Schell Wheeler house will soon receive a LEED Silver certification. Blow-down trees from storms provided the logs that were milled into siding, fascias and trim. A ground source heat pump, supplemented by solar water preheating supplies energy to the house. Other strategies are implemented throughout the house, but the overall character of the two buildings complete the goal of sustainability: the complex is extremely livable within its environment. Even on a grey and rainy day this forest retreat is filled with light.”
From the architects “A compact family home that is well defined by a strong modern aesthetic of high contrast. A protective shell of steel and darkened cedar forms a hardened exterior around the more smoother and soft white crisp interior spaces.”
Story from the architects : “Perched on the border between Ballard and Phinney Ridge, the Belyea Faigin residence works hard. It is the studio of artist Gary Faigin, home for Gary, his wife Pamela Belyea and their two children and the site of social and business gatherings centered around the Gage Academy of Art that Pamela and Gary direct. Their 1936 bungalow sits in the back seat and a new three story, 1600 SF addition is in the driver’s seat. The lowest level is Gary’s studio, the middle level is the living/dining room and the top floor is a new master suite. The interface between the original structure and the addition is expressed in the glassy gasket between the two buildings. The original beveled siding slides from outside to inside marking the transition between old and new. The new portion is emphatically modern in its use of materials, structure and detail but the gable roof and areas of wood siding make it sympathetic to the character of the old house. The straightforward design direction was set by the need to economize and dictated the use of exposed truss-joist framing, simple forms, aluminum windows and sleek but modest finishes. Vivid paint colors and walls full of art enliven the rooms. This addition has allowed a busy family to work, entertain and live more efficiently and comfortably in a neighborhood they love. And the views aren’t bad either!”