Architect: Johnsen Schmaling Architects
Owner & Contractor: Indie Capital
This dense cluster of six small homes signals the revitalization of a demographically diverse neighborhood close to downtown. The new two-story houses are carefully proportioned to echo the massing and scale of the area’s existing housing stock. They reflect the progressive and creative spirit of the neighborhood that is being rediscovered by young professionals, artists and students. Three of the houses are grouped along the street, where they repair the ragged fabric of the block. The other three homes are accessed from the public alley. Designed around a limited construction budget, each house has just over 1,500 square feet of living area, consisting of a light-grey ground-level base and a darker slightly cantilevered volume above. Kitchen, living and dining are consolidated as one open space on the main level, with stairs leading up to the three bedrooms on the second floor. The simple exterior materials include cementitious stucco and fiberboard cladding. On the upper level, the south façade features colorful lacquered vertical louvers that act as sun screen and provide a textured dynamic cadence to this compact urban infill development.
Jury Comments: “While this project features beautiful and striking colors, it is being recognized because of its restraint and composition. The project is very well articulated and executed. There is great use of very mundane exterior materials – stucco and fiberglass. The interior layout is very clean. Even though it is compositionally very different than the neighborhood, the project has a sense of scale and appropriateness so that it looks like it belongs.”