Project: Live Work Home
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Mobile sustainability: <br><br>The sliding doors were made in Syracuse by CabFab with a formaldehyde-free plant-and-soy-based composite board manufactured by e2e of Ithaca, New York. The mobile <br><br>partitions were fashioned from TimberStrand, an engineered lumber made from younger trees rather than old-growth timber. <br><br>cabfab.com <br><br>e2ematerials.com <br><br>ilevel.com<br><br>An unconventional exterior: The solar screen is made from medium-density <br><br>overlay plywood, a widely available and relatively <br><br>affordable material whose traditional use for highway <br><br>signs testifies to its durability.

Mobile sustainability:

The sliding doors were made in Syracuse by CabFab with a formaldehyde-free plant-and-soy-based composite board manufactured by e2e of Ithaca, New York. The mobile

partitions were fashioned from TimberStrand, an engineered lumber made from younger trees rather than old-growth timber.

cabfab.com

e2ematerials.com

ilevel.com

An unconventional exterior: The solar screen is made from medium-density

overlay plywood, a widely available and relatively

affordable material whose traditional use for highway

signs testifies to its durability.

Reclaimed <br><br>materials: Recycled building materials can cut construction costs while simultaneously forging a link with the past. “Be alert about what is being taken down <br><br>in the area and talk to homebuilders,” Campbell says. “There may be more opportunities than you think.”

Reclaimed

materials: Recycled building materials can cut construction costs while simultaneously forging a link with the past. “Be alert about what is being taken down

in the area and talk to homebuilders,” Campbell says. “There may be more opportunities than you think.”

Cook’s team designed a single-story space with an open layout. Sliding doors and mobile partitions on wheels can be configured to create different layouts for living and working, eliminating the costs and landfill waste associated with residential remodeling.

Clad with fiber cement board and wrapped in an MDO plywood solar screen, the building doesn’t resemble a house so much as a small commercial or industrial structure—an impression enhanced by a garage-style bifold door that opens onto the front porch. A photograph of dappled sunlight filtering through treetops was enlarged and pixelated to create the perforation pattern in the screen, which is cut in places into swiveling panels that can be turned to create shade or to bounce light into the house.

The pine floor was salvaged from the dilapidated shotgun house that was deconstructed to make way for Live Work Home, and the kitchen cabinets were fashioned from wood from a nearby warehouse that was gutted to create condominiums. “It relates by story back to how the building was made,” says Pam Campbell, a senior associate at Cook + Fox. “It makes the building more related to the place and connected to it.”

Project: Live Work Home
Design team: Cook + Fox Architects and Terrapin Bright Green, New York
Size: 1,400 square feet

When he became the dean of Syracuse University's School of Architecture in 2004, Mark Robbins made a plan to help the city and, potentially, the entire country. “I wanted to see if we could build houses that simultaneously made propositions about sustainability and about the possibility of constructing houses in a city like Syracuse,” Robbins said. The result was three green homes for $200,000 each and the promise of more to come. Read more about the central New York project here.

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