Pavilion Vista Drive / Studio B Architecture + Interiors
Text description provided by the architects. Inspired by the work of artist Robert Kelly, Vista Drive Pavilion is a composite of solids and voids with varying degrees of transparency. The house is a coal trapezoid topped with a unique metal roof with 5 ribs. The public spaces intertwine throughout the plan, remaining open and inviting, while the “solid” spaces, the private rooms, are intimate and cozy. The interior ceiling follows the lines of the roof resulting in unique configurations in each space by refracting natural light: it is lower in intimate rooms and higher in public areas. The light-filled interior creates a visual and physical connection with neighboring gardens, with each opening providing its own daylight during the day.
The material of the interior with white walls and white oak floors creates understated contemporary spaces that remain lit and inviting. The open plan kitchen is a dark central core reflecting the blackened exterior, drawing attention to itself as the focal point and heart of this contemporary residence. The rest of the plan spins from the kitchen in a play of bodies and voids. In the evening, the blackened exterior fades into darkness, leaving a uniform glow where the portals meet. What remains is a black floating silhouette containing a collage of form and light.
Design for integration. The south-facing roof was designed to integrate a 14kW PV system into architectural form, performance and color. The angle and orientation allow the panels to perform at their best throughout the day, while the dark color allows the panels to seamlessly blend into the roof. The highly insulated building envelope allows for several unique design possibilities. Solid exterior insulation and Zip-R sheathing were used to create a high performance R-27 wall with solid R-6 insulation. The extra thickness of the continuous insulation on the outside of the structure creates the feeling that the structure is slightly floating above the ground, while still allowing the use of built-in downspouts and gutters.
Sustainable wood products have been selected as a renewable resource for the project. Selected woods are available locally, require little energy to produce, and are recyclable/biodegradable, providing a sustainable product with a full life cycle. Its warmth, ease of use, and natural aesthetic have made it a great choice for sustainable design. Acoyya exterior wood is FSC and Cradle to Cradle Certified™ certified.
Design for energy. A 14 kW photovoltaic system has been seamlessly integrated into the architecture to enable on-site power generation. The house has been modeled in such a way that the generated power meets the requirements of the users. In addition, Energy Star appliances, low-flow plumbing fixtures, and electric vehicle sockets were provided. Together, a highly insulated building envelope, an efficient heating and cooling system, and high-efficiency boilers reduce stress on systems in the home. In addition, multiple zones and controls provide efficiency by reducing power consumption. Abundant natural daylight floods the home through low-emission, high-performance glazing, skylights and skylights. This not only provides a feeling of well-being, but also minimizes the need for artificial lighting during the day. LED downlights limit night-time energy consumption, and motion sensors in toilets and bathrooms ensure the lights are turned off when not in use.
Design for health. Abundant natural daylight floods the home, creating a sense of well-being and health. Large skylights and window wells allow light to enter all levels of the home. Large covered deck spaces provide secure encounters from all sides of the structure, encouraging the user to interact with the outside and make connections with the outside. Each hallway or hallway ends with a look outward. A large, inviting porch encourages interaction with neighbors and energizes the neighborhood.
Existing and new trees provide shade for various indoor and outdoor spaces. Large opening windows and doors, an engineered mechanical system and low VOC products ensure fresh air and healthy indoor air quality. A water purification system was supplied along with low-flow plumbing fittings. The home is within walking distance of public bus transport and Boulder’s extensive network of bike paths and trails. The private gym can be used at home when you’re not participating in one of Boulder’s many outdoor activities.
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