Diamond House / XTEN Architecture

first_img Houses Diamond House / XTEN Architecture Projects “COPY” “COPY” Manufacturers: Swisspearl Products translation missing: en-US.post.svg.material_description Diamond House / XTEN ArchitectureSave this projectSaveDiamond House / XTEN Architecture ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/48206/diamond-house-xten-architecture Clipboard ArchDaily Products used in this ProjectFiber Cements / CementsSwisspearlSwisspearl Largo Fiber Cement PanelsSystems / Prefabricated PanelsSwisspearlPerforated & Engraved PanelsText description provided by the architects. The Diamondhouse is a sound studio and office extension to a house located deep in a canyon, against a severely sloping hillside, with minimal access and little space upon which to build. Direct sunlight reaches the site for only a few hours a day. The geotechnical condition is challenging, requiring 30-foot caissons to underpin new walls and foundations. A complex web of regulations governed the height, width, depth and specific relationship to the retaining walls needed to build the project. Save this picture!Section © XTEN ArchitectureGiven these constraints, a multifaceted architectural strategy was developed for the small building. First, a base building geometry was developed to conform to the hillside and required codes while maximizing the interior spaces by extending them into adjacent sideyards. Like a rock placed in a small pond, the addition is carefully placed between the existing structure and an imposing hillside to inflect the landscape and create exterior programmatic spaces around it where none could exist before. The building geometry also conforms to the interior program as a corner of the upper floor flares out to accommodate a writing desk built into a north-facing window and a series of wall planes fold up and over the building to create a rooftop railing and enclosure. Save this picture!© Art Gray PhotographyNext, a building material system was developed to both relate the new extension to the natural landscape and to reduce the visual scale of the building. The façade pattern was created from natural elements taken from the canyon site; abstracted, scaled and arrayed across the building in 3d modeling programs. Many patterns, scales and patterns were investigated in this manner, from which several full size prototypes were made by laser cutting and cnc routing aluminum, zinc, steel, plywood and cement panel samples. Save this picture!© Art Gray PhotographyThe 3/8” thick Swisspearl fiber cement panels shown on the final construction were selected for both the way they relate to the masonry site walls and original structure, and for the fragility they impart to the otherwise hard edged and programmatically driven geometry of the building. Daylight brings out the etched lines, irregular edges and delicate qualities of the cement panels, which in direct sunlight appear as thin as a ceramic vase. While in the evenings the panels become flattened and the overall volume emerges, appearing as a patterned and perforated lantern illuminating the canyon.Save this picture!Volume diagram © XTEN ArchitectureProject gallerySee allShow lessPediatric Clinic / 4of7 ArchitectureArticlesTransbay Transit Terminal / Pelli Clarke Pelli ArchitectsArticles Share Architects: XTEN Architecture Area Area of this architecture project CopyAbout this officeXTEN ArchitectureOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesSanta MonicaOfficesHousesUnited StatesPublished on February 01, 2010Cite: “Diamond House / XTEN Architecture” 01 Feb 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 12 Jun 2021. 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Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Area:  820 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Save this picture!© Art Gray Photography+ 14 Share Photographs CopyHouses•Santa Monica, United States Photographs:  Art Gray Photography Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Year:  ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/48206/diamond-house-xten-architecture Clipboard 2009 United Stateslast_img read more