live work

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 Center’
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

 

RESIDENTIAL

ALTA SKI HOUSE
UR.2 HOUSE
MEADOWOOD HOUSE
INSIDE-OUT HOUSE
HORIZON HOUSE
GUEST HOUSE
BLUE MOON RANCH
NEAR FAR HOUSE

ADU

PUBLIC

PITKIN COUNTY LIBRARY
CARBONDALE LIBRARY
WAGNER PARK
RED BRICK ARTS CENTER
street FURNITURE

MULTI FAMILY / MIXED USE

LIVE-WORK
SUN MICROSYSTEMS
ABC ECOLOFTS
Aces housing

 

 

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