Belzberg Architects | Bridge Residence

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Location: Los Angeles, California, USA

Year: 2018


Awards

2018 AIA LA Residential Awards



Architects: Belzberg Architects

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The new Bridge Residence turned the challenge of a sloping site into an opportunity to evoke quiet seclusion while creating a grand statement. The taller wing of the L-shaped house abuts a foothill to the east and features textured, dry-stacked Hera limestone that forms a predominantly opaque façade facing the neighbors uphill. Conversely, three levels of floor-to-ceiling glass, protected by deep, faceted frames, opens downhill into the site. This juxtaposition, while using divergent architectural languages, optimizes privacy, solar orientation, and use of the site.

Surrounded by a mature oak grove, the building accommodates access to the outdoors from each floor as the landscape slopes. Not only are connections from the house to the exterior important, but views through are used to accentuate the ubiquity of the verdant surroundings, the pinnacle of this is evident in the kitchen. Conceived as the control center or “bridge” of the house, the kitchen’s generous volume projects perpendicular from the hill, giving it high visibility upon arrival and to the other wing of the house. The nearly 12’ space, with floor-to-ceiling glazing on the north and south sides, appears to float when doors on both sides of the garage/multi-purpose room below are open. Its appearance emphasizes the relationship between the built form and the outdoors, and the kitchen’s place as the focal point of the home.

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Hagy Belzberg
Hagy Belzberg

Hagy Belzberg, FAIA, OAA

Founding Principal Belzberg Architects, APC

Hagy Belzberg received his Masters of Architecture with Distinction from Harvard University. In addition to Belzberg Architects professional awards and recognition, Hagy Belzberg has been honored by the American Institute of Architects California Council as an Emerging Talent, and in 2008 he won the prestigious designation of “Emerging Voice” by the Architectural League of New York. In 2010 Hagy Belzberg was elected to The College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects for “notable contributions to the advancement of the profession of architecture”.

Since 1994, Hagy has held Graduate and Undergraduate level instructorship and lecture positions at UCLA, USC and The Southern California Institute of Architecture.
In the summer of 2013, Hagy Belzberg and Belzberg Architects have been invited to exhibit work at MOCA’s “A New Sculpturalism, Contemporary Architecture from Southern California”. This is the first extensive, scholarly examination of the radical forms that have become prolific in Southern California architecture during the past twenty-five years.

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2321 Main St Santa Monica, CA 90405
phone 310.453.9611
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Lavaflow 7 – Mayer/Penland House by Craig Steely Architecture

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Location: Big Island, Hawaii

Area:3,100 sf

Year: 2013



Architects: Craig Steely Architecture

Photography: © Bruce Damonte



Located on five acres of dense Ohia forest, this cast-in-place concrete house frames indoor and outdoor living spaces along with views of the forest, the sky, and the coastline. It continues our exploration of a reductive architecture that enhances the experience of living in this compelling environment.

The main feature of the house is a concrete beam, 140 foot long, 48 inch tall x 12 inch wide running the length of the building with only three short concrete walls supporting it along its massive span. The concrete beam allows for sizable spans of uninterrupted glass and covered outdoor space, creating a permeable edge between the man-made and nature, amplify the sensation of living in the Ohia forest.

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Craig Steely Architecture


Craig Steely is a California and Hawaii based architect. His buildings have been described as true and unique hybrids of these two environments. They embrace the realities of the environment and our connection/separation to it over the subjugation of it, all the while focusing on developing a singular architecture rooted in its context. Active projects include work on the Big Island of Hawaii and Maui, as well as several along the coast of California—from Sea Ranch to San Francisco to Big Sur.

He received his architecture degree from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. He has lectured at the University of Hawaii, the University of California at Berkeley, Cal Poly and at many conferences including the Monterey Design Conference. His work has been awarded recognition by the American Institute of Architects and published widely in books and periodicals. In 2009 he was selected as an “Emerging Talent” by the AIA California Council. His office was chosen the top firm in the 2013 Residential Architect Magazine leadership awards.


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8 Beaver Street
San Francisco, California 94114 USA
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29th Street Residence by Schwartz and Architecture

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Location: San Francisco,California, US

Area: 3500 ft2

Year: 2016



Architects: Schwartz and Architecture

Project Team: Caterina Belardetti, Neil O’Shea, Joshua Yoches

 

Photography: Bruce Damonte



It is often difficult to create a sense of openness and continuity in multi-level urban homes. By allowing the staircases of this three-story structure the freedom to shift location on each level – defining a continuous flow of space and movement – we turn this challenge on its head, elevating the stairwell into the key architectural and unifying feature of the home.

In this four-level project, a series of stairwells take you from the lower garden level to the uppermost roof deck, each treated as a sculptural object and with the interior stairs uniformly clad in rift-cut white oak. On each level we permitted the stair to find its own best location, as a vertical path that meanders through the home in a way that is more landscape than urban. Although the living spaces are often compressed by the tight urban site, this meandering stairwell unites the home functionally, visually, and spatially, making it feel much larger than it really is.

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Schwartz and Architecture (SaA)


Neal J.Z. Schwartz Founding Principal

Neal J.Z. Schwartz, AIA, Founding Principal


Neal established the collaborative design studio, Schwartz and Architecture (SaA) in 1997 after several years working on large-scale international projects with other firms. In 1992, he completed dual Master’s degrees in Architecture and Public Policy at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design and the Kennedy School of Government respectively.

This unique combination of design and policy has become the foundation of his practice; a commitment to design creativity as a tool to surpass clients’ expectations, combined with a devotion to rigorous management of the exigencies of complex design, permitting, and construction processes. From the beginning, Neal has also committed the firm to significant pro-bono work with non-profits, including the Children’s Creativity Museum, Larkin Street Youth Services, La Cocina, Public Architecture, and the Abayudaya Stern Synagogue in Eastern Uganda.

In 2016, Neal became the Chair of the newly revived AIASF Public Policy & Advocacy Committee (PPAC) and in 2015, he independently established a joint working group between AIASF and SF Planning advocating for improvements to residential design procedures, which continues to result in much-needed change. From 2006 – 2009, Neal was on the Board of Directors for the National AIDS Memorial Grove, chairing the Memorial Design Committee working towards the capital campaign and design development of this national memorial. Neal has been actively involved in teaching since 1988, most recently as an associate professor in architecture at the California College of the Arts (CCA), where he currently coordinates the Master’s degree housing studios.

At Harvard, Neal graduated with Distinction in Architecture, received the Thayer Award for Meritorious Scholarship, the Sheldon Traveling Fellowship, as well as national awards from the Urban Land Institute and American Planning Association. He graduated magna cum laude from Brandeis University receiving a Bachelor of Arts in European history and has studied and researched abroad in Vienna, Munich, and Berlin.

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Schwartz and Architecture
860 Rhode Island St
San Francisco, CA 94107

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415 550.0430

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415 550.0431

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