Architect: Studio 804, Location: Lawrence, Kansas
From the architect: "1330 Brook Street House an example of Studio 804’s mission to build creative sustainable housing in established, but marginal urban neighborhoods. It is a three-bedroom, two-bathroom, 1,300-square-foot house that makes extensive use of salvaged material and minimizes energy consumption. 16 net metered solar panels on the roof provide up to 4.8 kilowatt-hours of power and will generate enough electricity to operate the house at net zero energy use over a calendar year. It was designed to be clearly contemporary while still fitting into its working-class surroundings of small, unassuming homes."
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Architect: DeForest Architects, Location: Orcas Island, Washington
From the architect: "A young couple asked [us] to help create ‘a place to share with friends, a place for adventure and exploring, being a kid again, cooking together, experiencing nature, and being part of something bigger.’ The result is a long-term plan for ‘restoring the soul of the property’—including designing this main house, renovating a number of existing cabins, and generally creating a more sustainable landscape and building infrastructure for future generations."
Architect: Naturehumaine, Location: Montreal, Canada
From the architect: "The project consists of the transformation of a Montreal duplex into a single-family house. The architectural concept is build around a new staircase that joins the existing building to the courtyard extension."
Architect: Endo Architect and Associates, Location: Karuizawa, Japan
From the architect: "We think that architectural space is not only limited to ‘inside’ and ‘outside.’ Given the rise of almost-invisible thin walls or glass walls, architecture now refers to a space quite fragile, like a soap bubble’s surface. Are ‘transparent walls’ or ‘blurry transparency’ the only architectural possibilities? In architecture, are there still other ways to divide spaces with something like the highest mountains or rivers too deep?"
Architect: LTBa, LLC, Location: Denver, Colorado
From the architect: "The complete renovation and expansion of this 1950s house modernized the layout and finishes while preserving its ranch identity. Needing to expand the home for their growing family, the owners added square footage in the rear to maintain the original street elevation. Working within the confines of a neighborhood design review board, the existing weeping mortar brick exterior was modernized with a neutral palette of mortar wash, vertically oriented cedar siding, and sleek fixtures to give it a warm but tailored look from the street. Inside, the once-compartmentalized layout was reconfigured to create a clean, light-filled open floor plan."
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