We like to make the house as simple as possible and at the same time interesting. The building is located in a landscape of unique beauty. The main goal was to develop the project without harming the natural landscape. The exterior of the house is conceived, that would look different from different sides and due to this you can enjoy the view of a non-repetitive exterior. Appearance and interior support the same color, emphasizing the severity and unity of the house. Panoramic energy-saving windows from both sides of the house evoke a feeling of complete openness and privacy with nature. The glass has a reflective property from the outside to reflect trees and clouds, so the house merges as much as possible with the surrounding environment. You can go on the balcony in the morning to drink coffee, enjoy a panoramic view of the horizon and fresh air.
The interior of the house is simple. Monochromatic white color in the interior allows to maximize the sense of space and not to strain the person, to feel clean and relax comfortably.
There were minimal excavations at the construction of the house, as the current relief of the site was perfect. The house stands on stilts. The frame of the house is a concrete structure, which is isolated from the outside and then covered with a flexible, smooth white lime plaster.
Winner – AJ Retrofit Awards Best Extension over £500,000
Shortlisted – NLA Awards Don’t Move Improve 2016
This project is a radical remodelling of a house in a Conservation area for a young family. The design adds a new basement and a rear extension, which provides expanded living and kitchen space, sky lit sun-filled bathrooms, a home cinema, playroom and guest bedroom. We sought to create an innovative design – rethinking the basement typology in a contemporary way.
The ambitions for the project were high in terms of achieving open plan, visually connected spaces to allow for a greater sense of communication between the different rooms. The key strategy was also the connection to nature through views and natural light.
The conceptual approach was to create a calm atmospheric interior using carved out spaces that allow the pared down use of materials to have a monolithic feel.
The new basement area is lit by large skylights cut into the floors above. All levels are opened out to allow the existing rooms of the Victorian house to give way to an open plan interior on the ground floor and tall loft like spaces upstairs. The kitchen and living rooms open out to a south-west facing patio, creating a strong connection of house and garden.
The new extension to the rear links into the old brickwork through a curved wall suspended above the ground above a completely glazed set of folding doors. The bathrooms are top lit by generous skylights linking bathing spaces to the sky above. The existing ceilings were removed upstairs creating tall vertical spaces with curved ceilings.
Neil Dusheiko Architects
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Neil Dusheiko Architects
Neil Dusheiko studied architecture at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg graduating in 1994 with distinction. Following his studies he worked for various practices in Sydney, Australia until moving to London in 1998.
He worked for Walters and Cohen contributing to various cultural, educational and residential projects. In 2001 he was recruited by Allies and Morrison and working as a project architect, he was involved in a range of complex infrastructure projects including the King’s Cross Underground Station redevelopment as well as contributing to several mixed use masterplan projects. He continued this work as a project architect at Maccreanor Lavington prior to setting up his own practice in Shoreditch in 2010.
Perched on the edge of a cliff on Japan’s remote Ikema Island, this house provides a meditative retreat with expansive views of the East China Sea. To maximize water views and to manage privacy, the structure is divided into two levels: on ground level, a faceted concrete base houses the client’s entry, a carport, and mechanical spaces, while an upper level arrays living spaces – two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a kitchen, a dining area, a living room, and two tatami rooms – throughout a rectangular concrete volume. The interiors blend contemporary and traditional Japanese elements, including shoji screens, wood paneling, and tatami mats.
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1100 Architect is the New York- and Frankfurt-based architectural firm founded by David Piscuskas, FAIA, LEED AP and Juergen Riehm, FAIA, BDA. 1100 provides architectural design, programming, space analysis, interior design, and master planning services to public and private clients. The firm’s domestic and international work spans a vast array of typologies, including educational and arts institutions, libraries, offices, residences, retail environments, and civic facilities.
1100 Architect is known for works of architecture that are timeless manifestations of place, at once distinctive and modern while always thoughtful about site, setting, and environment. Fundamental to this pursuit is the belief that building design is a progressive process informed by client aspirations, site, history, available resources, and time.
AIA Florida Merit Award of Excellence, 2016
As described in Robert McCarter’s essay Shell and Shelter, the design of the San Marco Residence demonstrates a careful interconnection of Miami’s tropical environment with the experience of the home’s inhabitants. Interior spaces are nested within a complex arrangement of sun-shielding forms, while protective louvers provide further expression of the building’s adaptation to its specific climate. The home is organized around a garden courtyard, a time-tested strategy which was regularly employed by Florida’s mid-century modernists such as Paul Rudolph and Gene Leedy. In this iteration, however, the challenges of a constricted site combined with a prescriptive zoning code to result in a two-story courtyard that is open to one side. This east-facing courtyard and the home itself is subtly raised above the existing grade to better accommodate the occasional hurricane ‘storm surge’. This strategy also enables the home to confront the uncertainties posed by ‘sea level rise’.
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ARCHITECTURE | INTERIORS | LANDSCAPES
[STRANG] is a Florida-based architectural, interiors and landscape design firm well known for its pre-eminent environmental modernist designs and tropical landscapes. Founded by Max Strang in 1998, the firm has received many awards and international acclaim including features within The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Metropolis Magazine, AXXIS, Objekt International, Tropic and other well respected media sources. The firm’s projects can be found in Florida and the Florida Keys, Colorado, The Bahamas, The Dominican Republic, The Caribbean and United Arab Emirates. [STRANG] currently operates three offices in the US State of Florida and maintains registration licenses to practice in Florida, Colorado and internationally.
Max Strang is the Founding Principal and President of [STRANG]. In 2016, he was elected to the prestigious College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and in 2013 he received the Silver Medal from the Miami Chapter of the AIA, the highest honor the organization can bestow. Strang is a graduate of the University of Florida, Columbia University and is an active member of the AIA. Prior to establishing his firm, he worked in the architecture offices of Gene Leedy, SHoP Architects and Zaha Hadid. Beginning this Fall 2017, Max will be participating as an adjunct professor at the University of Florida.
Jason Adams is Principal and Vice President of [STRANG]. He oversees the firm’s operations, finances and new client development. Jason began his work with Max in 2003 as Project Manager after beginning his career in Colorado for Pierce Architects. In 2013, Jason was made Partner and Principal. Adams is a graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder and is an active member of the AIA, IALD and Urban Land Institute. Jason currently serves on the AIA Fort Lauderdale Board of Directors and the AIA Florida/Caribbean Board of Directors as Regional Associate Director.
The design for our house relies on a back-to-the-basics approach – specifically studying old architectural models that care about good form but are also good for something. Each design decision was organized around four central questions that challenge the culture for building big: what is necessary; how can we minimize our impact on the earth; how do we respect the context of the neighborhood; and what can we really build?
Some answers came from a place with which we are already intimately familiar – the seemingly forgotten American Vernacular, and more specifically, the Dog Trot, which for well over a century, has been a dominant image representing Florida Cracker architecture. The small, simple, and practical building is both modest and rich in cultural meaning. It attempts to maximize efficiency, space, and energy; relies on vernacular building materials; and celebrates the balmy breezes.
The principles of Tropical Modernism also offered direction. The architects building in South Florida’s postwar period turned to local landscape, climate and materials to inform their designs, marrying building traditions with passive systems, new technologies, and innovative construction techniques. In that same spirit, we sought an alternative to the use of concrete and concrete only, instead exploring steel and glass as the superstructure. As a result, we wasted fewer materials, simplified the assembly, and reduced the cost and time of construction, all the while allowing for increased cross ventilation and a heightened sense of living within the landscape.
Elevated five feet off the ground, the project includes 100 feet of uninterrupted glass – 50 feet spanning the full length of both the front and back sides of the house, with four sets of sliding glass doors that allow the house to be entirely open when desired. The house also includes 800 square feet of outdoor living space, with both front and back porches and shutters along the front façade for added privacy and protection against the elements. These details, and the position of the house, which is at the center of a 330-foot long lot, allow the house to meld seamlessly with the site’s dense and lush native landscaping. With interior and exterior spaces fused together, the experience is that of a floating tropical refuge.
With today’s advances in thermal qualities of glass and insulation we were able to use the Tropical modern concepts alongside current Florida Building Code requirements. To meet and/or exceed the required R-Values, we included insulation on all six sides (icynene and rigid insulation); as well as 9/16″ thick thermal glass. We also had to design new assemblies in the process. For one, the new code just came out with requirements to insulate the floor if elevated. As this is a new requirement — we had to develop an entirely new floor detail – creating a sandwich with plywood underneath and on top of a layer of rigid insulation. Meanwhile, in order to achieve the R-Value on the roof and accommodate a slight slope, we designed a similar but inverse concept – installing tapered rigid insulation on the roof, with a layer of plywood underneath followed by icynine below.
The R-value is a measure of thermal resistance used in the building and construction industry. It is expressed as the thickness of the material divided by the thermal conductivity. The higher the number, the better the building insulation’s effectiveness. The design for the roof insulation resulted in a R-Value that exceeded what was required.
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Brillhart Architecture is a design office based in Miami, FL. Work ranges from residential and commercial projects to design-build endeavors, exhibitions, interiors, furniture and other speculative research projects. A reliance on interpretations of vernacular building principles and emphasis on composition and construction logic are the common themes that link the firm’s projects together. Often, the structure is the architecture, and sense of atmosphere is derived through the use of materials and a deep connection to the landscape.
The firm has been honored with national and international design awards, and work has been featured in publications around the world. Honors include 2015 House of Year (Architect’s Newspaper); local and state AIA awards and international competition winnings. In 2015, the firm was selected as one of five finalists for MoMA PS1’s Young Architects Program. Work has been featured in the New York Times, Wallpaper, Architectural Record, Architectural Digest, Dwell, The Wall Street Journal, Architect, and Architectural Review, among other publications. Brillhart’s furniture designs and watercolor paintings have also been exhibited throughout Miami.
Brillhart has spent more than a decade making travel drawings – often using Le Corbusier’s sketches and travel itineraries as his travel guides. This self-education, which includes the creation of more than 700 personal drawings and paintings, serves as a platform for inspiration and is an ongoing aspect of research and development for the office. Grounded with a working knowledge of those architectural principles that do not change (such as form, mass, profile, shadow, scale, proportion, etc.), the office is then able to explore those aspects of architecture that do change – such as new technologies, materials, fabrication techniques, construction assemblies, and representational media – elements that make architecture present and transformative.
The Madisonhouse is perched on a knoll in La Quinta, California, near Palm Springs. In order to shelter the house from extreme desert conditions, the massing and materiality are configured to protect against the sun and strong Northerly winds. Concurrently the house opens completely along an East-West axis culminating in a spectacular indoor-outdoor living space with full height glass walls that slide away to embrace the desert landscape, light and mountain views.
To the South a large volume containing service spaces buffers the house against the solar gain, and opens to the courtyard, the kitchen area and at both ends. To the North a volume containing bedrooms creates a windbreak to severe winds that can reach 100mph. These volumes frame a courtyard, the main entry gates and a series of glass pivot doors, the main entry to the house.
An East-West shift in these volumes creates the space for an open kitchen/ dining/ living area that expands laterally across the entire West elevation. This is the main space of the house and it opens completely to the landscape. Glass doors on three sides pivot and slide away and disappear into hidden wall slots. The terrazzo floors and white plaster ceiling extend the space horizontally out the landscape. Separate secondary volumes – a stone fireplace, a dark oak kitchen, a 30-foot long wood and marble island, an oak cabinet and floating cast terrazzo stairs — anchor the space and conceal all the structure and systems required for the large spans and cantilevers.
A partial second story bridges the lower volumes and contains the master bedroom suite and an outdoor terrace/ fireplace area. The spaces on this floor are also configured with strong volumetric, solid/void relationships to create a free flowing indoor-outdoor series of spaces opening to the landscape.
Building components, assemblies and fixtures were selected to achieve environmental goals. Insulated Concrete Formwork (ICF) walls were used throughout the project, creating super-insulated R60 assemblies. Four-foot thick stone and concrete walls, deep glazing recesses and large cantilevered overhangs were calculated to shield the house from massive desert solar gain. The house opens in every direction to draw air through a second story thermal chimney. The courtyard reflecting pool and main pool provide evaporative cooling for the ground floor areas. High performance glass, high efficiency mechanical systems, fixtures and photovoltaic panels further reduce the energy profile of the house.
The project was conceived as a series of freestanding volumes set beneath and between projecting horizontal slabs. These freestanding volumes in stone, concrete and oak are spaced and configured to create the different scales of indoor-outdoor space that flow between them. Large open and fluid spaces are framed by massive solid and fixed elements. Light white terrazzo floors and countertops are bounded by dark rift oak wood cabinetry. Rough stone walls frame openings of precise metal and glass doors. There are eighty sliding glass walls in the house, all configured to slide away and disappear completely into hidden wall pockets. There are few materials used throughout the house but they are used in a multiplicity of ways indoors and outdoors throughout the house.
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Monika Häfelfinger, President
Austin Kelly, Partner
Scott Utterstrom, Principal
XTEN Architecture is an award-winning architecture firm based in Los Angeles, California and Sissach, Switzerland.
Founded in 2000 by partners Monika Häfelfinger SIA and Austin Kelly AIA, XTEN Architecture is a full service architecture and design firm specializing in custom residential, cultural, institutional and commercial buildings.
Architectural designs are developed using innovative materials, advanced structural strategies, sustainable technologies, and guided from schematic design through the successful completion of construction.
American Architecture Prize 2016, honourable mention in Residential Architecture category
Golden Pencil 2013
International Architecture Awards 2012, The Chicago Athenaeum
AIT award 2012, 2nd prize in luxury living category
Architizer A+Award 2013, special mention in Single Family Home category
WAN House of the Year Award 2012, shortlisted
Windsurf sail designer Robert Stroj moves from Europe to Maui to lead the design research studio of Neil Pryde in Kahului, Maui. It is in the middle of the ocean, far away from almost everything. The home in such an environment becomes crucially important. Besides being just a home, this house also works as a social venue for the owners. Therefore the kitchen and the dining form the centre of the house. The concept defines several ’houses’ under a common roof. Each separate ‘mini house’ is a U-shaped volume in order to open up and frame the perfect ocean view. The houses are self-contained private units combining bedroom and bathroom as an en-suite double room. A fluid public space between enclosed private volumes serves for cooking, eating, lounging… The roof concept is strongly related to the rough climate, with lots of sun and strong ocean winds. The area of the roof is twice the size of the house, so the size of the covered outdoor space equals the size of the indoor space. It needs no air-conditioning, since it is cross ventilated throughout. The folded roof is carefully attached to the walls of the U-shaped volumes and defines specific spaces. It also serves as a folded wooden sky deck and materially and topologically integrates the house with the landscape. Only local materials are used for the finishing of the house.
Dekleva Gregoric Arhitekti
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Dekleva Gregoric Arhitekti
Dekleva Gregorič Arhitekti was set up by Aljoša Dekleva and Tina Gregorič in 2003 in Ljubljana, Slovenia. They both graduated from the Faculty of Architecture, the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia and continued studying at the Architectural Association in London, where they received Master degrees in Architecture, with Distinction, in 2002.
The work of Dekleva Gregorič Arhitekti first received international attention with XXS house, and was awarded the Silver Plate, European Architecture Award Luigi Cosenza, in 2004, and the WALLPAPER* award, Best breakthrough designers, in 2005. In 2009, the Metal recycling plant ODPAD was nominated and shortlisted for the Mies van den Rohe Award 2009, was awarded at the International Architecture Awards 2009, and won Plečnik’s Medal prize in Slovenia among others. In 2009 they also won the international 40 under 40 award from the European Centre for Architecture, Art, Design and Urban Studies. In 2012 the Clifftop house on Maui received 2nd place at the AIT awards, in the Luxury Living category, and at the International Architecture Awards 2012. The same year the office was selected for a Highly Commended group of practices for ’21 for 21′ WAN AWARDS 2012 – searching for “21 architects for the 21st Century. The initiative aims to highlight 21 architects who could be the leading lights of architecture in the 21st Century; outstanding, forward-thinking people and organisations who have the demonstrable potential to be the next big thing in the architectural world.” Two of their projects, Housing Perovo and KSEVT (Cultural Centre of EU Space Technologies), were nominated for the Mies van den Rohe Award 2013. Recently, their latest finalized project: Compact Karst House, has been nominated for the Mies van den Rohe Award 2015.
Aljoša Dekleva, M.Arch (AA Dist), b.1972, Postojna, Slovenia, 1998 graduated from the Faculty of Architecture, the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, 2002 Master degree in Architecture with Distinction, DRL, Architectural Association, London, UK. Since 2014 director of Architectural Association Visiting School Nanotourism. In 2014 he was guest professor at École d’architecture de l’Université de Montréal, Canada. Currently, he is visiting professor at the l’ENSAPVS in Paris, France.
Tina Gregoric, M.Arch (AA Dist), b.1974, Kranj, Slovenia, 2000 graduated from the Faculty of Architecture, the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, 2002 Master degree in Architecture with Distinction, DRL, Architectural Association, London, UK. From 2002 – 2004 a lecturer in architecture at the IGuW, Technische Univesitaet Graz, Austria. Since 2014 full-professor and Head of the Department for Building theory and Design, Institute of Architecture and Design, Vienna University of Technology, Austria.
Tina and Aljoša are also co-founders of RAMTV (www.ramtv.org) – an international architectural network formed in 2000 at the AA, London. RAMTV’s master thesis on mass-customisation in housing, ‘Negotiate my boundary!’, received international professional acclaim and was published as a book by Architectural Association Publications, 2002, London and re-issued by Birkhauser, 2006, Basel. (RAMTV are: Dekleva, Aljoša; Gatto, Manuela; Gregorič, Tina; Sedlak, Robert & Stroumpakos, Vasili)
They have been visiting lecturers and critics at the Architectural Association London, Technical University Graz Austria, University of Ljubljana, IUAV Venice, Akademie der Kunste Berlin, University of Napoli Italy, DWM Mexico and many others. They have also been running a Summer school studio at the Architectural Association, London and a workshop at CEDIM, Mexico. In 2014 Aljoša and Tina mentored a nanotourism design research group, which received the Best Collaboration Award at BIO 50 (24th Biennial of Design, Ljubljana, Slovenia), for being an outstanding example of design ingenuity being used to reinvent and reinvigorate an important area of the Slovenian and other economies.
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