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Alaska Residence

West Architecture Studio
659 Auburn Ave NE
Atlanta, Georgia 30312
Philip Babb

Project Location: Old Fourth Ward, Atlanta, Georgia

Project Description

This new construction home is on an corner infill lot in the Old Fourth Ward neighborhood. In this home, there is an emphasis on very site-specific design and seamless integration of the home with the outdoors. Careful consideration and emphasis of landscape design and elements was a priority here. The very exposed corner lot raised slightly above street level meant that most sides of the home are fairly visually exposed so it was even more important here than normal to insure that no elevation of the home was secondary in design or material. The glass “box” entry addresses the houses corner condition. A play of varying floor levels in the home provides spatial interest and distinguishes room functions in the home without having to use walls to do so.

Despite large areas of window glass, passive solar design strategies such as very large overhangs, deep inset windows and careful window placement ensure great interior light though with relatively modest solar energy gain. On the side street elevation, a “floating” architectural frame element echoes a similar one on the front but remains open to provide solar protection to a second floor rooftop deck. A large, architecturally-integrated planter separated from the dining room by a seamless glass wall blurs the boundary between indoor and outdoor – bringing a sense of garden connection to a space that is raised well above grade level.

Some other notable features of the home include:

  • Increased energy-efficiency through use of 2′ x 6′ exterior walls and foam insulation throughout the home. • Passive solar design through accurate computer modeling
  • Thermally-broken window frames
  • Solid oak siding milled from locally harvested storm trees is used as decorative elements. The wood is treated with an eco-friendly stain that gets its color from a natural chemical reaction with tannins in the wood
  • Rooftop deck with a fireplace and outdoor shower
  • Black walnut floors and cabinetry throughout
  • Master Bath has custom-fabricated “floating” mirror that also acts as a tub filler by having the water emerge from a small opening in the end of the mirror over the tub
  • Partial green roof
  • Rainwater catchment system for landscape irrigation
  • Green-friendly ethanol-burning, vent less fireplace
  • House pre-wired for future rooftop solar panel array

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