Site size: 1,620 square feet Project size: 2,134 square feet Program: The renovation of a 15-foot-wide row house that can adapt to the evolving needs of its owners, including space for a rental apartment. Location: A small site in urban Brooklyn, New York. Solution: The architects gutted the existing structure and extended the rear of the house. They carefully arranged the bathrooms and kitchens, as well as a second stair (highly unusual for a row house of this size) to allow the owners to rent out part of the second floor. As their needs change, the owners could quickly and
In Northern California, William McDonough + Partners designs an energy-neutral residence rooted strongly in its surroundings For sustainability guru William A. McDonough, FAIA, buildings aren't vampires sucking up natural resources, but regenerative systems that should improve the environment. “The idea of 'getting to zero' for water or energy use is ridiculous. Is that the best we can do?” he says. This ethos, the guiding principle of his design career, is clearly embodied by the Meadow Farm House, completed in 2013 for a family whose values align closely with his own. The building site, a secluded three-acre perch in northern California,
Site size: 7.2 acres Project size: 1,776 square feet Program: The renovation of a holiday house that preserves existing materials while adding on to suit a growing family. Location: A rural portion of northern New South Wales, Australia with a subtropical climate. Solution: Working within a limited budget, the architects added a new breathable facade along the entire length of the single-story structure. The multifunctional wood frame fa'ade creates an open plan by supporting the ceiling rafters, and contains glazed sliding doors fitted with insect screens and retractable slatted blinds to extend the view and provide security when not occupied.
Site size: 60,711 square feet Project size: 5,431 square feet Program: A family house is integrated into the mountain landscape to offer optimal privacy and tranquility. Location: The base of the Northstar California Resort near Lake Tahoe, in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Solution: The house is conceived in plan as three elongated bars. The largest encompasses the living, dining and kitchen areas, as well as sleeping quarters. A narrow bar of space for services separates the main portion of the house from the third bar'a garage on the northwest side. An insulated concrete wall divides these spaces longitudinally and situates