NEAR FAR HOUSE
SCOPE OF WORK:Renovation of an existing single family residence built in 1972. Addition of a new 1/2 Duplex and conversion of the existing single family residence to a second 1/2 duplex. Energy upgrades to the original construction includes replacement of the 70’s windows and a new insulated, high performance exterior rain screen skin.
Size: 3,570 sf. NEW DUPLEX + 4,222 SF. EXISTING DUPLEX
Location: ASPEN, Colorado
Structure: COMPOSITE Steel,ENGINEERED Wood floor system, WOOD FRAME.
PROJECT GOALS:The owners’ were interested in a) updating the concept of historic preservation to include contemporary homes from the 70’s, b) a more urban existence and c) a for-profit expansion that would allow a comphrehensive exterior renovation and energy upgrades to be achieved without cost. The new duplex was to be transformative, yet wrapped into to a single composition with the existing structure.
SITE: A 70’s suburban cul-de-sac sited between a steep butte to the North and a golf course to the South that includes panoramic view planes of major Rocky Mountain peaks. Existing landscape includes densely planted, mature spruce and aspen trees.
concept: Architecture is situational. Better buildings have been able to extend their topographical reach, or be oriented beyond
Buildings allow themselves to be understood as independent images and at other times, recede from prominence to accommodate other issues; they provide a mediating role between landscape and interior settings, engagement and negotiation with natural processes, and a basis for everyday life. Buildings have the dual role of showing and serving, acknowledging and enriching existing conditions.
Near|Far House involves itself in the ability, or counter-positioning of a structure, to acknowledge a specific matrix of landscape engagements. Architecture integrates a vicinity. Less an object than a series of configurations, each is a hinge or pivot in a matrix of engagements.
aia west 2009 citation award
MULTI FAMILY / MIXED USE