Entries in Studios (5)
It's no secret we love Thursday. Among other reasons: it's the day the big national papers release their style sections, and we anticipate a little extra visual inspiration. We greeted one recent Thursday in San Francisco, reading the papers and plotting our day of architecture and Gertrude Stein consumption at a very delicious (and very tiny) local restaurant (thanks, Urban Spoon!).
In between chatting with tne neighbors at our family-style table and enjoying our strawberries with nuts on toast, we were enchanted by the home on the front page of the Times and its connection with its stunning desert locale. And then, a dawning realization: that place looks familar! Sure enough, though it took a bit of hunting through the story to find the name of the architect, he's one of ours: Peter Strzebniok of nottoscale.
We love it when that happens. And it's not the first time, either.
Plans for Crank House by longtime Hometta partners over,under are now available for sale online. Go see!
Hometta and over,under previously collaborated on the Welcome Hometta show at their pinkcomma gallery in Boston. Read Dwell's interview over,under, in which they discuss their work with Hometta, here.
For Hometta studios, winter and spring have brought a flurry of awards and recognitions. We can hardly keep up, but here's trying:
James Evans of Collaborative Designworks was awarded an AIA Houston 2011 Design Award for the Hyde Park Double.
The R-House, designed by Hometta's DellaValle Bernheimer (in collaboration with Architecture Research Office) to meet the stringent energy-conservation standards of the German Passivhaus movement, won a 2011 Housing Award from the national AIA.
And as if that's not enough, Residential Architect recently recognized Johnsen Schmaling Architects and Alterstudio Architects in their 2011 Design Awards. JSA received a merit award for a house under 3,000 square feet for the widely published OS House in Racine Wisconsin, and Alterstudio received a merit award for a house over 3,000 square feet for the East Windsor Residence in Austin, Texas.
Originally designed as a guest house for a larger dwelling, the Dogtrot Casita works equally well as a stand-alone house. Its intelligent use of light and the interplay of indoor and outdoor spaces (including a small private courtyard) make it feel more spacious than its 620 square feet would suggest. We were able to visit the site of the casita, where the owner, an artist who works in the KRDB house adjacent to the dogtrot, took a break from working in her studio to let us take a peek.
She had it outfitted with minimal but colorful furniture and accessories, and made the most of the house's indoor-outdoor interchange with a creative combination of white gravel beds, succulents, and a small but thriving herb garden. The little courtyard was so calm, fragrant and happy; we didn't want to leave!
Coming soon to Hometta Live, our video podcasts featuring KRDB, the Dogtrot Casita, and Krager's next ambitious problem-solving venture: the first ever (that we know of) net-zero energy neighborhood, the SOL development in central East Austin.