2300 sq ft Main house with an additional 900 sq ft for an accessory dwelling.
Starting with a single sheet of 4’x8’x1/8” steel, we studied how the piece of material could be cut, using water jet technology, and folded to create an interesting and functional form. We were inspired by the bilateral symmetry of both animals and traditional origami. Two symmetrically folded pieces come together to make the doghouse. Through folding, the doghouse transforms from the archetypal house form on one end into a simple rectangular shape on the opposite end. An interior dog-comfy platform and glass top make it both an attractive side table for a living room and a welcome place for your pup.
Our 2018 Barkitecture Entry Project was awarded The 2018 Barkitecture “Best Urban” Award.
Our office was asked to transform and modestly expand a very typical 1980’s-era attached duplex, into 2 “houses” (technically condominiums). We were able to add 2nd-story master bedrooms to the front of the houses with new living areas below, and thus we were able to wholly redefine the massing of the houses from the street, and redefine the entrances and sense of autonomy for each house. We also played with the line between sameness and differentness of the units of this former duplex, expressing that they are clearly one larger structure of two mirror-imaging units while simultaneously treating the fronts of each somewhat differently. The project is clearly one 2-house development, but each house is also unique.
Our office was approached by Novi Labs, an energy-industry software company, to develop a unique workstation design for their 35 (verify) team members, each of which was to have a standing/ sitting workstation and associated work and storage spaces. Novi was to move into the space within 4 weeks of our first meeting so we needed to find a solution that would be fast to build and achieve a sense of privacy, utility, and comfort for each of their work partners. We also designed, per the client’s request, “sub-teams” within the space to accommodate their collaborative work method.
We solved the task using our lumber supplier to use computer numeric control tools, or “CNC” tools to cut Baltic birch plywood panels that would simply be created and painted offsite and then be ready to assemble on the job site. We designed every screw connection, stand-off and connector plate, taking advantage of a 1/64” cutting tolerance afforded by the CNC technology, and produced a set of instructions for the owner like an Ikea instruction booklet.
Tom worked for the prominent architectural office, Behnisch & Partners, in Stuttgart for 5 years in the early 1990’s. There he designed office buildings, schools, and other projects. At the Behnisch office, Tom refined his design process for solving complex design problems. He learned from the Behnisch office to engage very open-ended design media: for instance, to use copious sketches and tracings as trials for plans and drawings and to construct physical, “dirty” models which — after constructed — would be consciously re-iterated, cut into, and in a sense, “violated”, in attempt to expose as quickly as possible as many design ideas as possible. We took this approach to attempt not to become attached to previous design solutions or ideas if better ones presented themselves. we attempted as long as possible to keep the process open, and the solutions open to improvement.
We have used Arcoplus ® polycarbonate panels, and similar products, to create walls of beautiful, soft light in several projects. Technologically, the systems are fairly simple: an air pocket between 2 planes of polycarbonate provides the insulation while multiple inner walls within provide robust structural integrity. This technology allows us to simplify a wall down to it’s essentials while simultaneously adding depth through texture, light & shadows. Good wood framers take pride in their work, they are craftspeople like carpenters, masons, and tile layers. Often their work is covered and forgotten, but we enjoy finding moments to expose and highlight their work in the best light possible.