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Dihedral House in Boulder, CO by Arch11
December 25th, 2012 by Sanjay Gangal
Article source: Arch11
This modern house designed by Arch11 is a place where the domestic life of a young family weaves with the values of two professional athletes and the outdoors. Where this distinction may separate those roles, lines in this structure seeks to bind and integrate. Anchored on a downtown corner site, this Boulder, Colo. home has an all glass living room and Site-cast, board-formed concrete walls. The latter both moors the building to its site and provides thermal mass to control temperature swings.
The house is organized around crossing dihedral lines–one phenomenal and one tectonic—that shear the interior volumes.
Sustainable features of the design:
This was the first house that Arch11 designed under Boulder’s new compatibility guidelines, which really restrict how much square footage you can have on the lot and how you express that square footage. In order to fit the homeowner’s program on the site, the architects incorporated a large basement that stretches under the house but also has abundant natural daylight.
Total square footage is 5,000 sq. ft. -only 2,900 sq. ft. above ground.
Practice name: Arch11
Founded in 1993, Arch11 has gained recognition for projects ranging from exceptional residences to institutional planning, mixed-use development and product design.
With offices in Boulder and Denver, Colo., Arch11 has 30 combined years of green building technology leadership. The staff’s unusual level of hands-on experience ranges from boat building to furniture making, contributing to its reputation for commitment to craft, detailing and design integrity. For additional information visit www.arch11.com.
“They wanted a home as modern as their racing bikes,” says Arch11 principal EJ Meade of the 30-something clients that came to him in mid-2010. “That’s exactly what John and Beth told me at our first meeting. And then they had all of these other bike-related needs like a specific room to store them in, a ramp they could ride right down into the basement directly from the outside, a room to store all their PowerBars and gear in…. It was one of the most interesting programs I’ve even been given.”