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Courtyard House in Aurora, U.S.A by NO ARCHITECTURE
August 19th, 2014 by Sanjay Gangal
Article source: NO ARCHITECTURE
NOA completes The Courtyard House in Aurora, OR. This 2,489 ft² (231 m²) structure is located on a hill overlooking protected wetlands, cantilevering towards views of the Pudding River on one side, while carving into the ground on the other. Entered through a sunken entrance court, the living spaces unfold in a continuous loop around a faceted glass courtyard.
The glass courtyard optimizes passive solar gain and brings light and air into the below ground interiors. There, two L-shaped cores also define interior circulation and contain all requirements for daily living, such as bathrooms, showers, closets, kitchen and mechanicals. In contrast to a conventional house with a series of unused bedrooms, during the day the Courtyard House is experienced as a single loft with every room becoming living, while at night every room becoming sleeping.
NOA Founder Andrew Heid commented: “By downsizing the conventional house by one-third, the Courtyard House sponsors more collective and ecological forms of life without sacrificing the necessary privacy of daily living. This new organization extends the exterior environment inside and expands it socially. There, co-habitational activities may be forged between inter-generational family and friends, while fulfilling the new demands of a dispersed aging population.”
NO ARCHITECTURE is an internationally award-winning practice based in New York City dedicated to the radical exploration of nature, ecology, and urbanism through innovative architecture. The office’s expertise is in new forms of organization in architecture and urbanism: from programmatic differentiation at the scale of a room, to new ways of living convivially and ecologically at the scale of a city. The office is involved in a diverse range of projects that include a hotel in lower Manhattan; a lake house in the Allegheny Mountains; the Courtyard House, featured in AD Germany, Architectural Record, ArchDaily, Dwell and Wallpaper*; 75 First Avenue, a residential condominium tower in Manhattan; 865 UN Plaza, a residential commission featured on the cover of Casa da Abitare; This Is Not A Park, a proposal for a new public park in Berlin, which the Union Internationale des Architectes awarded the Japan Institute of Architects Prize; Snow Mound, a land art installation for Rauma, Finland completed in 2010.
In addition, NOA’s design proposal for New York’s High Line Park received the New York Heritage Lady Bird Wildflower Award. The office focuses on understanding how the world was organized in the past and present, in order to understand how the world can be organized in the future, liberating the actual space for the physical and direct communication between people.
Andrew Heid is the founding principal of NO ARCHITECTURE. In 2011, PIN-UP Architecture Magazine featured Andrew as one of the ten up-and-coming architects in New York City. Currently, he is an adjunct assistant professor at the New York Institute of Technology’s School of Architecture and at the GSAPP at Columbia University, and has been an invited juror at Harvard, The Cooper Union, The Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies, NJIT, Pratt, Parsons, Temple, and UCLA.
He recently, exhibited and lectured in China on NOA’s work at the Shenzhen Design Forum & Exhibition 2011. Andrew studied architecture at Yale, the Architectural Association, and Princeton, where his design thesis earned the Suzanne Kolarik Underwood Prize, the graduate school’s highest honor. In addition to the Shenzhen Design Forum & Exhibition, his work has been exhibited in the Beijing Architecture Biennale and MoMA.
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