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  7. 36 SML House / LEVENBETTS


  • 09:00 - 9 June, 2015
36 SML House  / LEVENBETTS, © Michael Moran / OTTO
© Michael Moran / OTTO

© Michael Moran / OTTO © Michael Moran / OTTO © Michael Moran / OTTO © Michael Moran / OTTO + 22

  • Project Architect

    Andrew Feuersteln
  • Partner AIA

    David Leven
  • Partner

    Stella Betts
  • Design Team

    Deric Mizokami, Sebastian Mardi, Angi Tsang, Edwin May, Bret Quagliara
  • Structural Engineer

    Guy Nordenson and Associates
  • Lighting Designer

    Tilloston Design Associates
  • Contractor

    Reinhardt O’Brien
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© Michael Moran / OTTO
© Michael Moran / OTTO

Text description provided by the architects. 36SML House is an 8,000 square foot house on a 1 1⁄4 acre suburban lot a half a mile from the sea. The primary design charge was to create a big, but informal house where a range of activities can occur and visual connections are myriad.

© Michael Moran / OTTO
© Michael Moran / OTTO

Strong connections to the outdoors, maximization of natural ventilation and minimization of air conditioning, lots of light and the ability to have areas of intimacy within the open house were part and parcel of the charge.

Section 2
Section 2

Our design solution, a triple- spoked house, is comprised of thin wings joined at an outdoor center with as much openness as practical. The three wings contain garage, kitchen/dining and living/ study on the ground floor and parents, kids and guest wings on the second floor.

© Michael Moran / OTTO
© Michael Moran / OTTO

The triple-spoke organization creates an alternative site plan that is counter to the front yardback yard organization of the typical single-family house lot.

© Michael Moran / OTTO
© Michael Moran / OTTO

By contrast, the triple-spoke scheme creates three yards instead of two. Re-configuring the conventional building lot further, the driveway punches through the three spokes at their junction and allows access into a garage that faces the rear of the lot instead of facing the street.

Ground Floor Plan
Ground Floor Plan

The passage of the driveway into the rear yard also provides for a covered entry in the center of the house.

© Michael Moran / OTTO
© Michael Moran / OTTO

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