Brookline Massachusetts Renovation Residence by BUTZ + KLUG Architecture

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Brookline Massachusetts Renovation

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Residence

INSPIRATION:
The Design strategy uses the spatial arrangement of the Victorian era plan as a point of departure while conceiving of the program and architectural language in contemporary terms.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
Beauty emerges from embracing the compelling juxtapositions of the building’s history with our modernity. The replacement of an aging kitchen presented an opportunity to take advantage of the unique siting of this house - sitting at the top of a slope with an extensive and wooded rear yard. Overscaled custom windows and sliding doors connect the exterior and interior in this otherwise introverted Victorian house

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
The sequence from the street to the existing (slightly modified) materially rich introverted central hall to the ‘release’ of the framed view of the treetops from the kitchen becomes the memorable counterpoint to the cross-axial en filade of the original rooms. As a result this larger spatial composition gives gravity to the new sequence and becomes the most striking and memorable event of the house.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
This project began in March of 2003 and finished in March, 2009.

FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Interior Space and Exhibition Design

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
-

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Total Unit Sq. Ftg.: 5004 Total Renovated Sq Ftg.: 3970 Total Project Cost (including deferred maintenance and infrastructural improvements): $734,000 Cost per Sq. Ft.: $185.00

TAGS:
Renovation, Victorian era, Row house, Architecture, Interior Design, Custom Furniture, Custom Hardware, Historical Preservation

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
Like many of Brookline’s marvelous Victorian houses this building, constructed around 1890, had been altered many times. The program for the renovation was an updated kitchen and deck, new master bedroom and bath, a new 1/2 bath and a renovation of the lower apartment for use as a study, guest bedroom, new guest bath, laundry and wine cellar.

CHALLENGE:
The challenge with any renovation resides in incorporating contemporary life – both technologically (HVAC, lighting, efficient appliances) and socially (new family and rituals from kitchens to closets) – in an historical fabric that implies a formal and spatial arrangement frequently in conflict with that modernity.

ADDED DATE:
2012-09-26 09:57:21

TEAM MEMBERS (2) :
Pamela Butz and Jeffrey Klug

IMAGE CREDITS:
BUTZ + KLUG Architecture, 2012.

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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
Butz + Klug Architecture

PROFILE:
The continuing aspiration of our office is to create buildings of extraordinary beauty. This is not only rewarding to us but also serves the best interest of our clients both immediate day-to-day life and long term economic interests. To that end we assemble a team that has the same aspirations, from our employees to contractors and artisans. The ‘style’ of our work varies form project to project depending on client, budget and site (context and local). Using these conditions as a point of departure produces a uniqueness that characterizes each project. We also enjoy the belief that utility and beauty often have the same ends, and that these ends are unrelated to economics and style. We also believe that beauty grows exponentially in the details and fabric of the building. We are described as obsessive and we enjoy that description, knowing that the details amplify the operative ideas of our work, contribute a continual sense of wonder and enjoyment to those that use our buildings and add an unmatched value to our clients.

NOMINATION DETAILS

Brookline Massachusetts Renovation Residence by Butz + Klug Architecture is a Nominee in Interior Space and Exhibition Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

Brookline Massachusetts Renovation Residence by Butz + Klug Architecture is Winner in Interior Space and Exhibition Design Category, 2012 - 2013.



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