TURTLE BAYImperial Beach, California, USA // 2 single family homesBlack turtles have been reported in the San Diego Bay since the 1850's. At the south edge of the bay, the Turtle Bay project is being constructed in Imperial Beach as a pair. The outer shell protects the interior of the homes while allowing for a space for glimpses out into the water and surroundings.
Buzz Mixed-Use (Co-living + Office + Cafe)Golden Hill, San DiegoThe structure responds to the gently rolling topography by tucking into the slope and rising up to fill an underutilized void. By blending spaces and creating indoor to outdoor connections, it will invite the surrounding community and create an interface for new members. Traditionally there are hard lines between one's own personal space and the outside world. Here, a gradient of spaces and uses create transitions and opportunities for interactions.
TRI-CANYON ROWHOMESSan Diego, California, USA // 5 RowhomesThe Tricanyon Rowhomes emerge at the confluence of three canyons. Striated materials interplay with the greenroofs connecting the hillside to the street and celebrate the unique environment of San Diego. As high performing buildings the rowhomes will generate their own energy and reduce stormwater runoff to help keep our ocean clean.
TRUE NORTH TOWNHOMESNorthern LIberties, Philadelphia // 17 Townhouses // 3 Triplex BuildingsThe True North project fills an urban gap and helps to link a developing neighborhood back to the urban core of Philadelphia. A 19th century building is incorporated into the site while the new construction reinterprets the surrounding fabric in its articulation of the roof. Unlike the common tacked on bay window, the massing is eroded by inserting terraces at the third floor and creating a connection between the activity of the street and the upper floors and roof terrace. Triplex buildings anchor the corners of the block to complete the urban edges. *Project by Tyler at ISA
PHILADELPHIA, PA // 2015BETTER SIMPLEBy re-thinking readily available and inexpensive cladding materials, the building develops a special texture. A unique exterior space is cut out of the building volume for each unit. The four levels of residential units sit on top of a commercial podium and maximize the efficiency of the building volume by centralizing the circulation. *Project by Tyler at ISA
AROUND THE BLOCKPHILADELPHIA, PA // APTS + ROWHOMES // 67 UNITSThis adaptive reuse project for an abandoned industrial complex in Northern Liberties occupies the west edge of an important gateway block to North Philly. By strategically removing sections of the warehouse building, converting the remaining spaces to loft apartments, and inserting new rowhouse blocks on the surrounding site, the project reactivates all surrounding public streets, including a small street seemingly destined to be a service alley to surface parking. Each block of rowhouses is tailored to fit the particular character of its adjacent street, creating a diverse set of streetscapes. *Project by Tyler at ISA
COMPILING THE PROFILEPHILADLEPHIA, PA // MIXED-USE // 7 UNITSAs marginalized urban areas transition into desirable neighborhoods, seemingly problematic contextual elements like adjacent vacant land and elevated railroads can be treated as productive design constraints. This 6-unit apartment building shifts program to the long edge of a narrow site along the busy Frankford-Market elevated Blue Line in East Kensington, creating an interior façade facing an adjacent vacant parcel. With a roofline that connects the dots of a quirky zoning envelope, the elevation juxtaposes housing above with a storefront tucked underneath the El. *Project by Tyler at ISA
EFFICIENCY THROUGH ADAPTABILITYSAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA // 1,625 SFThe Shelf House is centered around the simple idea that adaptability creates efficiency. By developing an architecture that users can interact with and modify, the environment morphs throughout the day and the season as necessary. The house wraps around a great outdoor room. Activities from the adjacent kitchen, dining, and family rooms extend into the deck. Four large custom doors open without effort to change the shape of the spaces. The family room utilizes a media center combined with a fireplace for optimization of space. The fireplace uses the renewable energy of bio-alcohol that burns cleanly. No soot is produced so that a flue is unnecessary. Efficiency is found in the plan by the power the inhabitants have to adjust the spaces. The office wall can open up completely toward the outdoor room when the family decides to use the room as a media space—a more public function. The office can also be combined with the adjacent space for group work, or closed off for a receiving space. The private and public spaces flow into each other in the adaptable outdoor room that provides a connection to the garden […]
POST-FAB ARCHITECTURESANTURCE, SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO // CONCEPTSan Juan's uncontrolled urban sprawl and ecological devastation is a tremendous burden for a small island. The Graft Tower is a net plus resources building that not only provides water, food, and energy for the neighborhood, but brings in revenue which subsidizes the building and many needed new jobs in Santurce. The building is located on New Monteserrate street at the intersection of San Juan's two arterial public transportation routes. The program on the ground levels is an epicenter of commercial activity and services to support the light rail hub. A tower at the south end of the site rises 38 floors and contains an eco-tourism hotel and living units for permanent residents. Construction of the building is unprecedented in its materials and methods. The structure is literally grown by grafting inosculate fibers around the basic skeletal frames of the commercial and housing units. As the organic material spreads upward and around the frames more are brought from off-site and placed by a mobile crane as necessary - the post-fab process. At crucial structural time intervals the structure is manually hardened in a process done by the permanent residents and […]