Residential Design

VOL3 2019

A business-to-business magazine focused on the collaborative process and talented work of residential architects and custom homebuilders.

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Future Proof ARCHIMANIA MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE Barry Yoakum's eureka moment came after reading the book "Spacesuit: Fashioning Apollo" by Nicholas de Monchaux, an ar- chitecture and urban design professor at the University of California, Berkeley. "The suit was developed with 21 layers to keep people from dying in space, and I thought 'why can't you apply those same principles to a façade?'" says Barry, a copartner at Archimania in Memphis, Tennessee. With the blessing and buy-in of the firm, Barry is doing just that on civitas, his family's new home on a bluff over- looking a wide swath of Mississippi River. Barry is in charge of "Vision and Collab- oration" at Archimania, and as such, he's positioned civitas as a research project for the entire firm—and, ultimately, for the wider ar- chitectural community. The lofty goal is for the house to meet the AIA2030 Challenge, Zero Energy, Zero Emissions, and LEED Platinum standards. Additionally, it's designed for resil- ience, especially against the extreme weather conditions along its riverfront site. "It's like living on the ocean," he says. "It's also a seismic area second only to San Francisco." Like the Apollo suit, the house relies on layers of high-performance materials and tech- nologies to achieve its ambitions. They include a PAC-CLAD aluminum shell, Thermocore SIPs, a recycled steel structure, cross-laminated timber panels, movable perforated aluminum screens, geothermal radiant floors, solar hot wa- ter panels, rainwater and gray water collection, and Pella low-e glazing. "It feels very improvi- sational because we're figuring things out as we go along," says "Archimaniac" Will Randolph, "but we're documenting everything." "There are details here that we've never done before," says Barry, who's also managing construction of the house. "You can't draw them until you build them to make them cost effective." —S. Claire Conroy Project: civitas, Memphis, Tenn.; project size: 2,798 square feet; architect/ interior designer: Archimania; builder: Barry Alan Yoakum, FAIA. Renderings: Archimania. Project Site River Park Mississippi River 94 RESIDENTIALDESIGNMAGA ZINE.COM VOL. 3, 2019 PARTI SHOT

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