33rd Avenue House by Meridian 105
Located in Colorado , United States, Meridian 105 has had to think outside of the box with this light contemporary home. Raising the entire 1st floor almost six inches above the pavement in order to minimise the effect of heavy traffic outside.
DESIGN FILES: A TERRACED HOUSE REBORN
I first came across Paul Archer Design a few years ago with the practice’s project on Cross Street in Islington in London. One striking image of the ‘bridge’ structure that extends from the main body of the house to the garden – a structure that contains a super-minimal kitchen - kept cropping up online, and I must admit my first response when I saw this image was: surely this is a really cool looking architectural rendering of someone’s dream project.
But no, it was real. Cross Street was shortlisted for a Grand Designs Award in 2009 and won the Excellence in Residential Architecture category for the Homebuilding & Renovating Awards in 2010, and the house was featured in a number of publications. Indeed the practice is known for its many elegant extensions and conversions of period buildings. Clearly, the name stuck.
This is a SIP - a Structural Insulated Panel - and we think that you’ll be seeing a lot more of these. They are structurally efficient but more importantly their thermal properties are excellent.
The history of construction is littered with innovation that was never adopted. However, in April next year Part L of the Building Regulations will be updated again, imposing even more demanding standards for thermal performance.
We are at a point where traditional masonry construction ceases to make sense, and the building industry will finally be forced to embrace a whole new language of construction.