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Property Inspiration: Caterpillar House, Feldman Architecture

17 Oct
October 17, 2012

The design for the Caterpillar House, sited on the softly rolling hills of the Santa Lucia Preserve, sought to accentuate a connection to the land.  Having lived in a Cliff May home, the client came to the project with a love of modern ranch houses and looking for an environmentally-conscious response to a beautiful site.  The Caterpillar House implements sustainable elements while exploring a contemporary version of the ranch ideals: massing that is low and horizontal, an open plan with a strong connection between indoor and outdoor spaces, and main living areas which center informally on the kitchen.

Connecting literally and figuratively to the site, excavated earth was repurposed for the construction of the walls.  These rammed earth walls gently curve in response to the site’s contours and also act as a thermal mass, regulating temperatures from day to night.  Capturing rainwater for irrigation, three tanks proudly sit close to the home – a clear sign of the available water resources for landscape.  Large south-facing glass doors open the main living area to a large covered contemporary porch and to an outdoor patio with sunshades that expand and contract to allow for a flexible entertaining area that responds to the client’s needs.  The glazing, natural ventilation and operable shading also act as a passive heating and cooling system, cooling the house in the summer and warming the house in winter.  Integrated photovoltaic panels enable the house to produce all of its energy requirements without compromising the graceful curve of the low roof against the hill.

The Caterpillar House is the first LEED Platinum Custom Home of the California Central Coast.

Further details about the house and Feldman Architecture can be found here.

Inspiration: Lake Shore Drive House – Chicago, Illinois

10 Aug
August 10, 2012

Wheeler Kearns Architects have designed the Lake Shore Drive House in Chicago, Illinois.

Located in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago, this single family residence on Lake Shore Drive opens directly onto the parkway with unobstructed views of Lake Michigan.The house takes its form from its site; the base of the residence is rendered as a solid mass, forming a plinth that grounds the house on its prominent corner location.  The plinth is carved into and becomes more open towards the lake side of the house.  An interlocking volume that rises from the plinth reinforces the opening toward the lake; as the volume springs from the plinth, a double-high aperture is created that provides an expansive view from the living room towards Lake Michigan.

The split-level plan creates spaces of various scales and experiences that share in the east view towards the park and lake.

 

Inspiration: Beaver Street Reprise
 – San Francisco, California

25 Jul
July 25, 2012

Beaver Street Reprise
San Francisco, California, USA

Beaver Street Reprise is a conceptually modern house that fits contextually into a Victorian neighbourhood. It contains an apartment, an office, and a split-level living area that opens onto a deck with sod roof. The building is designed by Craig Steely Architecture which is a studio based in San Francisco. Not only is it well designed and good to look at, but the professional photography also really makes it stand out from the large number of architecture showcases out there. You can check out their site for further inspiring projects.

Beaver Street Kitchen

Beaver Street Office

Beaver Street Rooftop

 

 

 

 

Inspiration: Butler Residence – Cyclist’s Dream Home

18 Jul
July 18, 2012

Avid cyclists who race nationally and internationally, Tim and Sue Butler began their new home search looking for a place with a garage to store their bikes. They ended up spending over a million dollars building a dramatic three-story home with a roof deck, giving them a 360-degree view of the city. A separate 600-square-foot “garage” houses their 22 bikes plus many other extras a bike enthusiast might want, from a hot-water washing station for muddy bikes to a sauna, fitness room and fix-it station. Surely a athlete’s/cyclist’s dream home.

Tim and Sue Butler’s new house in Portland, Oregon is a dramatic three-story wood and glass contemporary with a roof deck far above neighboring roofs. The house is narrow and tall, reflecting a narrow lot, and looks like a mini, modern, wood clad version of a high rise. Horizontal wood slats compensate for its verticalness, and a cedar wall that rings the house and garage creates the look of a compound. Sliding exterior louvers act as sun screens.

Portland designer Corey Martin chose sturdy, simple interior materials. A white oak-paneled kitchen opens up to a dining room with a long, white oak table with two benches (shown here, with the Butlers) that sit under 20-foot high ceilings.

Floating wood stairs, suspended by stainless steel rods, lead to the second floor. There are radiant heated concrete floors, concrete countertops, plaster walls that echo the look of the stucco outside and a central concrete column-shaped chimney that goes up through the middle of the house, serving fireplaces on all three floors.

In the bike garage there’s a sauna and a fitness room with a rack of dumbbells, a trainer cycle and a large piece of equipment for squats, chin ups and leg presses. The bathroom has a large glass shower.

 

So whilst it may not be every cyclist’s dream home, as many other homes have a big garage to store bicycles it is nontheless an inspiring property and one I have wanted to feature because I am myself a keen cyclist.

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