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Workshop AD, Seattle, United States

Tuesday 13 Mar 2012

Making a house a home

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The exchange of information, and ongoing explorations are primary to Workshop AD 

Architecture presents an opportunity to create something uniquely relative and situational. Workshop AD believes in a broad, multidisciplinary understanding of the word workshop. Beyond the conventional understanding of a workplace dedicated to craft and the making of goods, the practice seeks more inclusive parallels in academia and the performing arts. In these modes, intensive group interaction, the exchange of information, and ongoing explorations are primary.

Workshop AD's work develops through the methodical investigation of, often conflicting, project criteria. This process of divergent exploration allows Workshop AD to pursue design at dramatically different scales, urban or rural contexts, and climates. The foundation for this body of work lies in the integration of strong building forms and environment, the considered use of materials and daylight, and most importantly, a clear expression for the human experience of a place.

The Nearpoint Residence is stretched out along a ridge. The home's length creates a sequential and spatial response to the changing landscape character of the ridge. Beginning with the very near and intimate ground-related forest understory the spatial scale of the house expands as one moves out the ridge to engage the distant panorama of the Alaska Range.

The Colman Triplex configures three tidy apartments into a structure that is similar in scale to nearby single family homes. Within its budget conscience form a structural steel frame is used as a means to provide interior bearing. Because of this, each dwelling is able to rotate or flip in response to different programme requirements, visual, and physical connections to the city that are available at each level of the structure. Cedar cladding preserves the figure and simplicity of the original form. Finished in a white stain, it is both abstract and materially expressive.

The Road D Shelter is situated at the transition from basalt canyon to broad rocky ridge. By inhabiting the edge of each of these territories the shelter is not consumed by either. It is precisely here, at the edge, that the inhabitants are able to occupy the space of the canyon, while simultaneously experiencing the great openness of the ridge.

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