Residential Design

Vol. 3, 2017

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

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that had gotten so many things right, not least among them its modesty of size and profile along the coastline. "A lot of these houses get torn down," says Alan. "And tall shingle houses are put in their place with no relationship to the site. Our clients could have commissioned any design or scale of house. So, we appreciated the modesty of the scale of their goals. They were on board with an ethical approach of how to treat the property, as well as the neighbors and the view from the water." Others are not so scrupulous, Lisa and Alan point out. "This piece of land is a promontory. Just across from it had been a turn-of-the-century, Shingle-style country home with huge oak trees on the property. Whoever bought it tore down the genuine Shingle-style house, removed the oak trees, blasted the granite outcroppings, and put in three pumped- up, pseudo Shingle-style buildings in its place. It was a total destruction of the landscape," says Alan. Down to the Studs Gray Organschi's practice thrives on research. In addition to their rigorous and inventive design aesthetic, the partners have an insatiable curiosity about materials and methods—so much so, that Alan created a complementary company, JIG DesignBuild, to plumb best practices in building construc- tion. The company is licensed for residential construction and managed all phases of the deconstruction and rebuilding of the Old Quarry House. Alan shares what he learns on the job site with his students at Yale, where he leads a building technology class. He is also on the steering committee of the Cities and Climate Change Network and is pursuing research into the use of "new wood technologies for midrise, high-density housing and infra- structure." His theory is that the lower embodied energy and renewable nature of wood makes it a better alternative to steel for many applications. LOWER FLOOR PLAN UPPER FLOOR PLAN Opposite: "Peeling up" the corners of the ceiling at the north end of the house brings much needed light into the primary living spaces. CASE STUDY 40 RESIDENTIALDESIGNMAGAZINE.COM VOL. 3, 2017

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