PROGRAM: LIVE WORK is a mixed use development which converts
an existing CMU automotive garage into an interior furnishings showroom with an addition of four upper
level residential lofts. The lofts are for use by employees of the retail store and design related
professionals. The showroom is a flagship for the company - Cathers Home - and the seed of a future ‘Design
development concept that will eventually include adjacent properties. Given the local rise in housing costs, (the average single family home price is in excess of 1.3M) and related transportation congestion it creates, the development strategy is both an affordable and sustainable approach.
SITE: LIVE WORK is located across Highway 82 South of the historic town center of Basalt, CO. The site is on the valley floor within a transitional Industrial zone district. Uses are gradually shifting from harder industrial uses to softer ones as land values and uses intensify.LIVE WORK is located in a floodplain, and could not expand the existing CMU footprint as part of its land use approval.
CONCEPT: Detailing, materiality and structure explore the
making of an industrial textile, woven in architectural terms, to help actualize and support the mission of the interiors
showroom below. It is an industrial ‘architecture parlante’. Developed as a ‘clip-on’ composition, the architectural expression
derives directly from structural constraints confronted at the project onset and celebrated frankly in the
final construction. The masonry base and existing steel bar joist roof, while able to carry the addition
of another story, could not carry additional interior point loads. Pre-fab wood trusses carry
roof and floor loads to the
perimeter CMU bearing walls. An exterior steel walkway is cantilevered from the bottom truss chords and suspended on 1”dia steel tension rods. The repetitive shed construction, while profiled and read as a simple industrial extrusion, is also particularized at meaningful points along its length. The building sign inflects toward the traffic direction while the south stair and its stilt-like structure appear to be taking a ‘walk’ in a grove of trees. This figural gesture detaches the experience from the commercial/industrial life of the ground plane in deference to the residential worlds above, while at he same time anchoring the new construction more clearly to the site.
GREEN TECHNOLOGIES: In contrast to the play of structure, color and material expression, green technologies are transparent to the architectural expression. A solar hot water system includes collectors recessed within dormer roofs, geothermal wells and heat pumps integrated in a simple ‘loop’ system, The technology allows for minimal, low cost energy usage as well as tax credits for the owner.
AIA Colorado West Merit Award 2008
MULTI FAMILY / MIXED USE