* Residential Architecture: OS House by Johnsen Schmaling Architects
Posted by the editors on Sunday, 3 June 2012
Residential Architecture: OS House by Johnsen Schmaling Architects: “..despite being rectangular in volume, the interior of the residence is a compilation of intricately carved niches visually connected by a series of sliding or stationary glazed panels . These niches include unique indoor/outdoor spaces such as elevated patios, a shaded main level terrace, and a glazed vestibule adjacent to the dining room. The organization capitalizes on the fantastic views afforded by the site..Perhaps the most notable architectural feature of the OS House would be the rainscreen: a system of thin concrete panels suspended between steel channels. In addition to being a radical architectural statement, this assembly creates an 8” deep ventilated envelope that contributes to the superior performance of the residence. Apart from being a radical formal departure from the existing neighborhood context, the OS House is is one of the first LEED Platinum residences in the Midwest. The project utilizes a variety of sustainable materials including a ventilated rainscreens, high-efficiency glazing, low-flow water fixtures, and permeable surfaces to mitigate stormwater runoff. These materials, coupled with innovative technologies such as a free-standing PV array, photovoltaic roof laminates, and a deep-well geothermal heating/cooling system allows the residence to operate off the grid for most of the year (and even function as a net producer during peak energy harvest)..” Sustainability, LEED Platinum certification, solar energy, extensive glazing, natural light, views, terrace and patios, cantilever, indoor/outdoor and contextual sensibility..
image: © Johnsen Schmaling Architects; article: Rizor , John . “OS House / Johnsen Schmaling Architects” 13 Aug 2011. ArchDaily. <http://www.archdaily.com/157666>