Program: uR2 house, or urban/rural/duplex is a duplex development for an empty nest couple. The clients will occupy an owner's unit, while the smaller half will be sold to support the project's financing.
Site: The site is located between an arterial suburban street on one side, and a steeply rising butte on the other. Panoramic views of Aspen Mountain to the South and sharply vertical views of a butte to the North present themselves. Distant and panoramic view planes dramatically unfold as site elevation is increased. There is an inherent tension between the urban and natural features of the site given the close proximity of each.
Concept: The project seeks to embrace outdoor living and its topographical reach beyond the limits of the property lines. The experience of near/far and indoor/outdoor are intentionally blurred to place occupants in a more ideal (reciprocal) relationship to the natural and urban realms. Telescoping site walls establish both hard property edges as well as the means by which to simultaneously connect the living spaces to the landscape and screen middle scale 'noise'.
Formal Resolution: The house is created out of two organizational geometries, horizontally layered. The first floor geometry responds to the street edge and the necessary programmatic requirements of the ground floor/ground plane. A central water court creates a compressed entry experience and interior circulation space for each of the units. The second floor organizational geometry seeks to connect the living levels with the panoramic views of the site. Outdoor living space in front of the owner's unit creates a dislocated ground plane via a planted roof, pools and terraces.
AIA Merit Award 2004
MULTI FAMILY / MIXED USE