Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
Kenneally Residence in Oregon by PIQUE llc
April 19th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal
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Lot 108 has a prominent location in the Tetherow golf development featuring spectacular views of and from the golf course as well as desirable views of the distant landscape. These features combined with our client’s demands for a variety of living spaces with varied degrees of privacy, formal and informal concerns and clear distinctions between workplace and play space armed the project with a long list of things the building needs to achieve. Through in-depth site and program analysis, we were able to manage and prioritize these factors and create a building design that is intensely specific to its site and its occupants as well as sensitive to the environment.
It was most inspiring for us to see how this golf course is naturally nestled into the uniform topography, pine trees and lava flows of the high dessert. With this in mind, it became incredibly important for us to create a building that is appropriate in scale and height to the surrounding contours and allow the landscape to permeate the building as much as possible. These observations, informed by the site and program analysis shaped the building around the “lone tree” on the site and created a partially enclosed courtyard. The rooms are laid out in a sequential path and window openings in each space reveal certain elements of the surrounding landscape as the occupant moves from space-to-space. The proposed use of earthborn, local materials further stitches the building to this specific place.
Along with smart passive solar orientation and shading strategies, the house features a 4 Kw photovoltaic array and a window-wall of evacuated solar tubes to offset electricity and water heating costs.
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