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From the architects “……Each house is approximately 500sqm, stretched along the relatively narrow sites from road to sea. Each has three two storey elements linked by narrow circulation routes. this strategy ensures light and spaciousness infiltrate all spaces within the building and creates intimate light-filled courtyards landscaped with flowing water and sparse planting. A rich variety of spaces exist within the buildings, ranging from double-height living areas open to the sea views, to more internalised lounges nestled into falling land at the more road end of the sites.”. For further detail visit Thorp Houses by Pete Bossley Architects.
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!”
Napa River House is located on a site with mature oak trees and stone pathways winding down a gently sloping hill in Napa, California. From the craig steely architects “To avoid disturbing the paths and root structure of the trees, a single footing and tube frame (inspired by a chairlift tower) will float the main living area in the oak canopy.”
Located in Austin, TX, this house was designed by Peter Gluck and Partners Architects. From the architects “Standing amid grove of two hundred landmarked live oaks, significant portions of this house were built below grade to maintain the rural landscape of the site. The box on top is wrapped in a mahogany veneer and sits on an entirely transparent glass enclosure giving the appearance that it is floating, and stunning views of the natural surroundings.”