Ur2 Duplex Residential by Willis Pember

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Ur2

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Duplex Residential

INSPIRATION:
The project seeks to embrace outdoor living and its topographical reach beyond the limits of the enclosure. Much is made of the relationship of water, light and architecture to animate interior settings and increase awareness of the phenomenological aspects of the site. Sound, motion and reflection of water assist in defining two distinct residences, as well as mitigating ambient traffic noise. Architecture and landscape are elaborated together and mutually articulated.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
Ur2 House, or urban rural duplex is a duplex development for an empty nest couple. The couple occupies the owner's unit while the second unit was sold to support the project's financing. The client hosted an invited design competition as part of the selection process to choose the Architect. Project goals included reexamining the typical developer duplex typology that mirrors units regardless of situation.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
Telescoping site walls establish a hard, virtually blank property edge as well as the means by which to simultaneously connect the living spaces to the distant landscape and screen middle scale suburban noise. Secondly, the top and bottom of the ground floor exterior walls are erased, allowing horizontal extensions of the reflecting pool into the floor and ceiling planes of those spaces. Thirdly, a triangulated geometry received from adjacent land forms, as well as the site itself, informed structural play of the inflected and cantilevered box trusses, creating simple, tumbled rock-like volumes.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project started in 2004 as an invited competition and was under construction from 2007-2008.

FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Architecture, Building and Structure Design

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
The house is created out of two organizational geometries, horizontally layered. The first floor geometry responds to the street edge and the necessary programmatic requirements of the ground floor-ground plane. A central water court creates a compressed entry experience and interior circulation for each of the units, while the second floor geometry seeks to connect the living levels with the panoramic views beyond the street. The central water feature, the most figural plan element, de-emphasizes the architecture as object- figure.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
site size: 1,425 sq m triangular shaped project size: 674 sq m structure: steel frame exterior finishes: metal shingles, concrete interior finishes: concrete floors, plaster wall finish, maple casework, steel and wood stairways

TAGS:
topography, contemporary, water, light, architecture

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
Research consisted in study of the relationship of water, light and architecture to animate interior settings and increase awareness of the phenomenological aspects of the site. Sound, motion and reflection of water assist in defining two distinct residences, as well as mitigating ambient traffic noise. Architecture and landscape are elaborated together and mutually articulated.

CHALLENGE:
The challenge initially was how to fulfill the client's program within the constraint of an oddly shaped, triangular site, while allowing conventional program adjacencies, especially for the owner's side of the development. Further, how to create unit separation, address traffic noise on an arterial street and make an appealing second unit, all the while maximizing the size of the project became a compositional challenge of the first order.

ADDED DATE:
2018-03-30 16:04:28

TEAM MEMBERS (3) :
KLA of Colorado - structural engineers, Resource Engineering Group - mechanical engineers and JD Black Construction - general contractor

IMAGE CREDITS:
Raul Garcia, Photographer
Denver, CO

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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
Willis Pember Architects

PROFILE:
WPA is an award winning and internationally published architecture firm noted for its innovative design and planning services. Founded in 1992, the firm is comprised of four professionals and is located in downtown Aspen, Colorado. Projects include the design of new buildings, renovations and reuse of existing structures, interiors, and planning and feasibility analysis. WPA takes keen interest in positioning the practice of architecture within the terrain of history, theory and contemporary discourse through research, authorship and teaching.

NOMINATION DETAILS

Ur2 Duplex Residential by Willis Pember is a Nominee in Architecture, Building and Structure Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

Ur2 Duplex Residential by Willis Pember is Winner in Architecture, Building and Structure Design Category, 2017 - 2018.



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