Residential Design

VOL4 2019

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

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Beyond the Box RESOLUTION: 4 ARCHITECTURE Next year, Resolution: 4 Architecture will celebrate the 30th anniversary of its founding in New York City. The number feels unreal because partners Joseph Tanney, AIA, and Robert Luntz, AIA, still seem like the fresh-faced new kids on the block, reinventing how to design and build single-family custom houses. They founded the firm in 1990, toiling away on custom renovations to "long, linear" box-like Manhattan apartments. Those jobs taught them a great deal about spinning tight dimen- sions into delightful, livable spaces. Then, in 2003, came their big break: They won Dwell magazine's invita- tional competition to design a modern prefabricated home. They beat out 15 other firms for the honor, including some venerable architects. The ambitious effort was backed by a young couple who footed the bill for the fabrication and installation of the house on a rural parcel in North Carolina, with some in-kind help from building product manufacturers. By 2004, the Dwell Home was built and the buzz had spread around the coun- try, inspiring modern house enthusiasts and modern architects alike. It felt like a revolution at the time. Young modern architects were going to solve the problem of bringing high-quality, affordable residential design to the mass market. And then came the housing bust. Many factories went under, and many architects eventually set aside their grand, transformational ideas about factory-built houses. Not so, RES4. The firm kept at it—refining the learn- Clockwise from top left: Partners Joe Tanney and Robert Luntz. The Dwell Home ignited a fever for prefab, launching RES4 on its core mission. Buildouts of long, linear New York apartments, like the 2011 Wadia Residence, continue to hone the team's skills in high-design, high-function space planning. Photos and renderings this page: Resolution: 4 Architecture 13 VOL. 4, 2019 RESIDENTIALDESIGNMAGA ZINE.COM PRO-FILE DESIGN

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