Orange House / archimania

©Jeffrey Jacobs Photography

Architects: archimania
Project Location: Memphis, TN
Building Area: 2,833 SF
Cost per Square Foot: $100.81
Construction Cost: $285,616
Owner/Client: Pantik Home Builders
General Contractor: Pantik Home Builders
Year: 2005
Photographs: Jeffrey Jacobs Photography

To design a speculative modern home conducive to urban family life, set in a New Urban community on the edge of Downtown Memphis.

©Jeffrey Jacobs Photography

The house’s design responds to the pie-shaped site and embraces modern aesthetics while maintaining a similar scale with the surrounding traditional neighborhood development. With only 32 feet of street frontage, the front of the house is dedicated to vehicular and pedestrian access, while the rear is nestled in the trees with views to a small neighborhood pond and walking trail.

The house is broken into three primary masses based on use, each rendered in its own material. The front elevation is composed of an orange-clad corrugated metal volume cantilevered over the lower level, clad in cementitious panels. Entry is made between the primary orange mass and secondary mass housing the office, rendered in redwood.

©Jeffrey Jacobs Photography

The rear mass, a -faced two-story component, fronts both an internal courtyard and a rear pond. Its eastern clerestory wall is balanced by a western wall of double-height covered by an exaggerated overhang. This overhang protects the from harsh afternoon sun while structurally supporting a metal grate balcony accessed off of the master suite. Daylight is plentiful within this three-bedroom home that is functional, open, and designed within a tight budget.

Cite: "Orange House / archimania" 12 Jun 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 22 May 2015. <>
  • Jermu

    Glorious. They can design MY house anytime.


      Great ! Soo elegant.

  • up_today_arch

    Someone get wrong the color, it is red house…

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  • John

    Great house, love the design and the distribution. Want mine like this!

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  • Denis

    Have seen the house when I was in Memphis. Not so impressed. Pictures are much nicer than the real house. House felt empty and meaningless. Sorry.

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  • John

    Terrible colors. Who wants to live there? Don’t they have an interior designer?

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