This timber portal is built completely from non-custom off-the-shelf elements. Thinking about craft and commodification, we sought to elevate everyday building components to a special architectural experience through imprecise assembly and intense tectonic articulation. The pavilion is comprised of 445 individual parts, but required only 58 cuts, is fastened with 900 screws, and offers a shady respite for enjoying SARUP's architectural garden.
Peoria Street Condo is the complete redesign of a 1500 SF loft in Chicago's West Loop. The design explores the extrusion and layering of multiple boxes into the main living space with carving and subtraction in the private spaces in order to both reveal the substantial original 1915 timber structure and challenge the perception of solid and void relative to that structure.
The two bedroom two bathroom space features all new lighting throughout, refinished and salvaged wood floors in the main living space, and pocket doors with Italian door hardware. the kitchen is highlighted by a 10 foot carrara marble island with breakfast bar opposite quartz countertops complete with undercount zero radius stainless steel sink. White gloss cabinetry with Finnish drawer pulls, a white penny round backsplash, and stainless appliances finish the space. The bedrooms and main living space are articulated with playful pendant lights from Moooi, Patrick Townsend, and Sofie Refer and recessed lighting that mimics door hardware. Both bathrooms feature wall mounted low flow toilets while the guest bathroom is finished with slate floors and a subway tile shower carved from the box form that extrudes into the kitchen. The master bathroom is finished with travertine on the floors and shower walls, white stained oak cabinetry and a cast iron tub.
County Line Barn
What started as a client's desire to shelter for firewood soon became a substantial site structure assigned the task of absorbing the clutter that accumulates around people and their hobbies. The program expanded to include truck parking, a woodshed, garden shed, screened porch, and a workshop.
The initial modular proportion for the structure derives from the dimensions of a cord of firewood and evolved into a translucent screen wall beneath the overhanging roof. The rest of the design strives for invisibility by carving away at the simple rectangular typology of a traditional tobacco barn. Spaces for the program are subtracted from the cubing volume of the building without compromising its utility.
This project received an Honor Award from the Cincinnati AIA.
Previously, this traditional 1920's bungalow had a total of 42 linear inches of counterspace divided into three different areas including 12 inches on the original gas stove. The renovation overcompensates for this deficiency by creating over 212 inches of counterspace and making the kitchen a more public space for living and entertaining with a strong connection to the backyard.
The cramped kitchen in this 1920's center hall colonial still had the original cabinets. Working closely with the owner we opened the space to the dining room to visually enlarge the room without the need for a costly addition. The upstairs bathroom was also a bit claustrophobic due to a heavy soffit over the bathtub which was removed. We brightened the space with the addition of marble and glass to add some reflectivity and depth to the room.
Site design and schematic design for a new concert hall at Kinhaven Music School in Vermont. For over 60 years, Kinhaven has offered summer music camps for serious young musicians. Having outgrown their current performance space, they turned to WARE for assistance in envisioning a future concert hall. In addition to suggesting 6 possible site locations, we were also investigating the possibility of re-using a heavy timber structure from a nearby barn.
The structural module of the re-used wooden beams dictated a longer and more narrow form than would typically be used for a concert hall. However the aesthetic of a building that could open to the landscape is well suited to the casual summer atmosphere of the existing camp facilities.
An existing cluster of disparate buildings in need of a face-lift constituted the site for this project. While functional, the existing lumberyard buildings did not present a coherent retail face to the street. A new skin and identity system requiring simple construction skills and minimal cost was required
We translated the cost and skill component of the client brief into a system requiring the fewest cuts/measurements possible. The design for the Newtown Lumberyard face-lift consists of alternating series of 2x2, 2,4, 2x6, and 2x8 cedar boards. Our rules were simple: no cuts allowed. Where windows, downspouts, and doors interrupted the facade we turned boards into fins.
This project received an Honor Award form the Cincinnati AIA.
[Project designed with Drawing Dept]
This existing sushi restaurant/nightclub is a tangle of wood-framed additions clustered around a masonry house. The project site also has an ambiguous character occupying a lot between a busy commercial square and a residential neighborhood. The client asked us to establish a new distinctive identity for the restaurant that was compatible with the multi-faceted character of the existing neighborhood.
The proposed exterior screen and canopy seeks to unify the different character of the former additions, shelter an outdoor dining patio, act as an entry threshold, provide a strong urban edge at the sidewalk, and act as a transitional element between the commercial and residential zones. Inside, we used a similar strategy of screens to mask the various soffit heights and light fixtures accrued over the course of several previous renovations. These screens also serve as orientation devices through the contorted hallways.
[Project designed with Drawing Dept]
Shaker Field Station
This proposal for a multi-disciplinary earth sciences field station is a joint project between the University of Cincinnati and the Hamilton County Park District. Containing research, laboratory, and classroom facilities for archaeology, geography, geology, biology, and earth sciences this building will be built in multiple stages over the next several years. The site requires balancing existing Shaker farm structures and historical foundation remnants with a restored wetland and existing agricultural uses.
The proposed scheme is more an elaborate screen porch than high-tech laboratory. A thickened spine of structure defines the boundary between laboratory rooms and the porch corridor. This thickened structure holds the technical needs including lab ventilation, archive storage, sinks and plumbing, natural daylighting, and exhibit areas.
Mound Avenue House
This addition consists of a new 2-car garage, family room, bathroom, and master bedroom suite. Striking views of the Little Miami River Valley conflict with the western solar orientation of this suburban Cincinnati site. We proposed vertical cedar fins to negotiate the view and the sun. These fins were absorbed from their role in solar performance into the structural plane of the faced. An intentionally ambiguous system: sometimes a fin is structural, sometimes for shading, sometimes a rain-screen, sometimes all or neither. Altogether the wood fins are subsumed into a rhythmic cladding which seeks to agitate perceptions of function and decoration.
Only 18 feet wide, this prototypical design proposes a plan for expansive modern living within the constraints of a tight urban lot. The location of windows relative to zones of movement and away from stationary parts of domestic life keeps the interior light-filled, private, and perceptually far larger than its 1800 square foot interior. The kitchen is located centrally and forms the heart of domestic life with adjacency to both the living area and family room (or an optional 4th bedroom).
Union Station 2020
We approached the rationalization of movement as an opportunity to incorporate the urban design principles evident in Burnham's 1909 plan for Chicago into our design for Union Station 2020. To accomplish this, we internalized urban planning principles to the interior of the architectural object through the conception of a super-lobby. Burnham's promenades and boulevards, essentially civic spaces that were not privatized, inspired the super-lobby model of linking public programs located outside the context of commercial institutions while simultaneously supporting commerce. To that end, the super-lobby weaves throughout the structure similar to the boulevards and promenades of Burnham's urban plans. In our Union Station 2020, the super-lobby is bound to the object in the service of commercial institutions, but also serves a civic purpose.
[Project designed with James Lowder]
An outgrowth of the Center for Field Studies master plan, the renovation of this barn is meant to compliment the field station program with facilities for public education and outreach. The program developed to include a large lecture hall with adjacent support spaces, exhibit space, two meeting rooms, and restrooms. The lower level of the barn would be converted into archaeology archive space and service space for mechanicals and rain water collection. The large loft space under the barn's mansard roof was to be kept untouched as a bat roosting space.