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Winner - Platinum
Designer: Alex Terry - Principal
Design Type: Architecture; Residential
Company / Organization / School: Terry & Terry Architecture
Team Members: Alex Terry, Ivan Terry & Naomi Hansen
The dwelling is designed for a young Deaf family, who desired an expanded open plan that incorporates Deaf- Space, creating ample transparency throughout the home, where vision and touch are a primary means of spatial awareness and orientation. The project consists of transforming a 1950’s existing Joseph Eichler home. Using a similar material palette, the design utilizes the primary floor plan, transforming the existing space and forming the new second floor by folding out the horizontal and vertical planes of the first story. The new roof form creates a large central area and houses a second-floor bedroom wing. Elevating and shifting parts of the structure are used to support the second story and stairways. The main living space is situated on the ground floor and offers expansive living spaces that extend into the landscape. Two existing bedrooms and office areas are reconfigured to become more transparent to the gardens. The second floor accommodates an extended family with two bedrooms, bathrooms, and sleeping porches. The design of the building incorporates many passive and active sustainable energy elements. The East and West facades are widely open to allow for passive solar heating in the winter and natural light year round, while deep overhangs provide shading. For renewable energy the project integrates photovoltaic panels, solar water heating and rain catchment systems to offset energy and water loads.