Monday, September 27, 2010


Thursday, September 23, 2010

AIA Triangle - Homes Tour

The AIA Triangle Homes Tour is the first of it's kind on the east coast and in North Carolina. Featuring nine architects, ten homes and a variety of residences, neighborhoods and architectural styles.
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Sunday, September 19, 2010

KOHN SHNIER architects

Thursday, September 16, 2010


One of the oldest houses in San Francisco’s Bernal Heights neighborhood, this 1860’s cottage sat in disrepair for years and, at one point, was nearly condemned. Our charge was to repair, expand, and modernize the small, dark house while maintaining the rustic charm of the original building.

To accomplish this, we kept the façade and envelope of the existing structure and added a contemporary, but unobtrusive, addition – a narrow, ten-foot-wide wing that contains a garage, bedroom suite, and two studies. We cut away the roof and upper floor in the center of the house to create a central light core that washes a stone wall and illuminates the kitchen and living room. Additionally, the second floor office is open to the study below. Two-story high bookshelves connect the stacked work spaces and are flanked by a double-height window wall. These windows and two oversized sliding doors create a strong connection to the backyard.
Other elements that contribute to the light and open feel of the house include thin metal handrails, exposed ceiling joists, and cantilevered wood stair treads. The careful mixing of rough stone and wood with clean glass and metal breathes new life into the once-neglected structure.

Photos by Paul Dyer:

Many thanks to Camille and Jonathan at feldman ARCHITECTURE, Inc for the text and images!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Graeme Mann & Patrica Capua Mann

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Sunday, September 12, 2010


Ungar House, 87487 Wiggensbach
Date of construction: January 2008-August 2008
HNF in m²: 155
Gross floor area in m²: 191
BRI in m³: 522
Total gross cost: 240.000 €
Sponsor: Dietmar and Lorella Ungar
The House of the Ungar in Wiggensbach was for Architect Rainer Hoffmann and Architect Peter Fakler a challenge because it had to be implemented with a minimum budget of 240,000 €. It was also the first project realized by his own studio.

The view is an essential element of the design. The south facade, completely in glass, opens to a mountain scene. The other sides are closed as much as possible. The second dominant design principle is the reduction. It resulted partially from the limited budget and from the desire of the client to live in clear minimalist forms. The garage closes a three-sided protected courtyard, a transition zone before entering the house. In the underground there are rooms for three children and one guest. The groundfloor is the living room for parents and common area. The balcony is inline with the entire south facade and is protected by the overhanging roof, therefore expanding the living area to the outside. The foundation floor is a steel-concrete construction with stacked walls in wood frame construction (large prefabricated pieces) highly isolated.
Author: Rainer Hoffmann architect, Peter Fakler architect
Structural design: Florian Diepolder, Kempten
Electrical design: Rainer Babl, Regensburg
Heating, ventilation, sanitation planning: Sebastian Wegmann Rettenbach
Photos: Hermann Rupp, Kempten, Germany
Materials used:
• Ground-floor: exposed concrete
• Floor: wood frame construction
• Balcony: wood suspended with steel bands
• Glazing: triple glazing
• Roof coverage: gray tile roofing
Software used:
• CAD: Nemetschek Allplan BIM 2009
• Contract: BCM Nemetschek

Monday, September 06, 2010


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Saturday, September 04, 2010

James Gorst Architects