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Diagonal Passage in Greenport, New York by Studio a/b Architects
February 28th, 2012 by Sanjay Gangal
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Awarded AIA Peconic Jurors Award for Architecture 2009
Responding to a long skinny lot (50 ft wide x 166 ft deep) in a village, this project explores the openness between inside/outside spaces using a linear format. A diagonal wall running from the southwest to the northeast divides the site into “dwelling” and “garden” zones. The interior space uses the widest possible width at the western end. The larger, backyard garden is on the eastern end.
As opposed to a more conventional, rectangular plan opening mainly toward the back, this plan, with its diagonal wall, provides multi-directional openness to all interior spaces. The diagonal wall guides a sequential rhythm of changing scales from grand to intimate. In contrast to the diagonal south wall with its large openings, the north wall, with its minimally sized windows, houses functions including closets, cabinets, duct spaces, art presentation shelves, kitchen, laundry, and bathroom. Pockets doors, stored perpendicularly to the north side, slide out to control the length of the diagonal wall, dividing the space to allow varied uses and levels of privacy. Stepped presentation shelves follow the staircase, leading one’s eye up to the spaces above.
The project uses SIP (structural insulated panels) construction, which provides superior insulation and a tight envelope. The shed roof slopes toward the south to accommodate a future solar panel installation. To minimize the building volume, the roof slopes down diagonally at both eastern and western ends. Since the panels are factory cut and beveled, SIP construction is appropriate for this single-sloped roof with delicate angles in both plan and section.
PROGRAM: 2,400 SF+/- house in a village setting, open plan with two bedrooms, two studies, a greenhouse, and a detached garden shed. Most functions should be accommodated on the ground floor in preparation for aging inhabitants. Energy efficient “green” building, uses environmentally friendly materials, meets Energy Star, and LEED for Homes program
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