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* Residential Architecture: Alpine Cabin by Scott & Scott Architects

Posted by the editors on Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Alpine Cabin by Scott & Scott Architects

Residential Architecture: Alpine Cabin by Scott & Scott Architects: “..The partners of new Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, studio Scott & Scott Architects created this remote snowboarding cabin for their own use at the northern end of Vancouver Island..The Alpine Cabin by Susan and David Scott is lifted off the ground on six columns made of douglas fir tree trunks, which pierce through the rooms on both storeys..The exterior clad in cedar, intended to weather to the tone of the surrounding forest, and the interior finished in planed fir..”The construction approach was determined to avoid machine excavation, to withstand the annual snowfall, to resist the dominant winds and to build in a manner which elevates the building above the height of the accumulated snow on the ground,” say the architects..The majority of the ground floor is taken up by a combined living room and kitchen, but also includes a bathroom and sauna. Upstairs there are two bedrooms with a study in between..One corner of the ground floor is cut away to create a spacious porch where firewood and snowboarding equipment can be stored..The cabin is located in a community-operated alpine recreation area 1300 metres above sea level and is accessible by a gravel road for five months of the year, but otherwise equipment and supplies must be carried on a sledge to the site..The building is completely off-grid, heated by a wood-burning stove and using water that must be fetched from nearby and carried in..The architects built the project themselves with the help of friends. “The cabin was constructed out of a desire to directly design and build as a singular act, to work with the freedom one experiences when snowboarding, and in a manner which is centered in the adventure and not bound heavily in pre-determination,” they explain..’  Lovely site; contextual and materials sensibility..

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* Residential Architecture: Off-grid itHouse by Taalman Koch

Posted by the editors on Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Off-grid itHouse by Taalman Koch

Residential Architecture: Off-grid itHouse by Taalman Koch: “..The itHouse is a design system developed by  that utilizes a series of components prefabricated off-site to better control the construction waste, labor, and quality of the finished product. Conceived as a small house with glass walls and open floor plan, the itHouse maximizes the relationship of the occupant to the surrounding landscape while minimizing the building’s impact on delicate site conditions..Energy efficiency is achieved in the itHouse through passive heating and cooling, utilizing site orientation and cross ventilation, radiant floor heating, hi-efficacy appliances & equipment and the use of solar photovoltaic & thermal panels..To further enhance the experience of living in a glass house, a graphic design is mapped to discreet areas of the glass walls, creating framed views, sun-shading screen patterns and privacy zones. Artists Sarah Morris and Liam Gillick custom designed the graphic outfit for the off-grid itHouse..”  Extensive glazing (as one may expect in a glass house, after all), natural light, views; lovely site; interesting interior visual textures, graphism; commendable contextual sensibility..

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image: © Art Gray; article: “Off-grid itHouse / Taalman Koch” 01 Apr 2013. ArchDaily

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* Residential Architecture: Storm Cottage by Fearon Hay Architects

Posted by the editors on Thursday, 17 January 2013

Storm Cottage by Fearon Hay Architects

Residential Architecture: Storm Cottage by Fearon Hay Architects: “..Located on the east coast of Great Barrier Island, New Zealand – a black rough sawn timber box sits looking north to the sea..The dark exterior palette is completed with a layer of perforated metal screens. This operable layer allows the moderation of light / air and protection both when occupied and alone. Internally walls and floors are clad with oiled oak boards that provide a warm counter to its robust exterior..The programme provides for a pair of symmetrical bedrooms and ensuites set about a central living space. Care has been made to limit the scale of the building and maintain a sense of ‘cottage’. The building is off the grid, powered by solar panels [and] independent systems for water collection and treatment..This is a retreat that provides shelter, warmth and comfort to engage with the wilderness and isolation of the remote setting..”  Truly outstanding site; extensive glazing, natural light, ocean views; contextual and materials sensibility; sustainability..

See our posts on four other projects by Fearon Hay Architects:

image: © Patrick Reynolds; article: “Storm Cottage / Fearon Hay Architects” 14 Jan 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 16 Jan 2013. http://www.archdaily.com/318124

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* Residential Architecture: Vermont Cabin by Resolution: 4 Architecture (RES4)

Posted by the editors on Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Residential Architecture: Vermont Cabin by Resolution: 4 Architecture (RES4): “..1,650 sf prefab home..With no electric or cell phone service.. ‘Off-the-Grid’..With stunning views of nearby Stratton Mountain, the home is a ‘Head & Tail’ design, where the communal space is the ‘head’, and the private bar of bedrooms and baths forms the longer ‘tail’. Together they form an ‘L’, creating an outdoor terrace to capture the western sun and to enjoy the exterior fireplace which is clad in cement board panels, and radiates heat during the cool summer evenings..This communal space is wrapped with a custom Baltic Birch bookshelf and window bench so one can soak up the south sun and view of the fern meadow and surrounding wilderness. With dark bamboo floors over radiant heating, and a wood-burning fireplace, the living area is as cozy as can be. The exterior is clad in a maintenance-free corrugated Corten Kynar painted metal panel system to withstand the harsh Vermont winters. Accents of cedar siding add texture and tie the strategically placed windows together..The home is powered by a 3,000 KwH solar array with a back-up generator in case the sun is hidden for an extended period of time. A hybrid insulation system, combining both a closed cell spray foam insulation and batt insulation, along with radiant floor heat ensures the home stays airtight and warm in the winter..”  Solar energy, bamboo, wood, views, social and contextural sensibility, lovely site..

See posts on three other homes by Resolution: 4 Architecture (RES4): Residential Architecture: House on Fire Island by Resolution: 4 Architecture (RES4)Residential Architecture: Lake Iosco House by RES4 and Residential Architecture: Swingline by Resolution: 4 Architecture.

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image: © RES4Jm; article: Rosenberg , Andrew . “Vermont Cabin / Resolution: 4 Architecture” 13 Nov 2010. ArchDaily. <http://www.archdaily.com/88167&gt;

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