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31 January 2012
For the last few weeks, the Studio has been studying master planning diagrams for the Kay Anj Village. The new village, funded by the non-profit Helping Haitian Angels, will be a refuge for eighty orphans. Master planning efforts are focused on site conditions, sustainability requirements, and establishing an implicit framework for future growth in the village. Individual homes will be identified by simple and limited massing and positioned and programmed to create functional outdoor and indoor rooms. The homes will support and encourage organic growth as future rooms are added to meet the evolving needs of the orphanage.
26 January 2012
Studio Twenty Seven Architecture is constructing a second project for previous clients in the Brookland neighborhood of Washington, DC. After completing their new office, the clients returned to Studio Twenty Seven Architecture with a request for a new house. With a black concrete board rain screen exterior and wrap around windows at the rear, the new house will be a fresh take on the typical home found in the Brookland neighborhood. The interiors will be light filled with a minimum of interior walls. Using prefabricated panels as a construction method, the house is moving from foundation to close-in in just under three weeks.
23 January 2012
Construction will begin this month on a new house in Arlington designed by the Studio. Located in a neighborhood of small pillbox homes built in the 1930s, the new residence will take its massing cues from this residential context. The massing will mimic the original pillbox form. Unlike the other homes in the neighborhood, the house will be rotated ninety degrees to take advantage of the narrow, deep site. With walls of windows at the short ends of the house, the pillbox form is reinterpreted to a modern home. The Hadley residence will feature geothermal heating and sustainable landscaping.
10 January 2012
The first phase of construction on the Scott Montgomery School renovation is complete. Grow Academy, a KIPPDC preschool and kindergarten, took possession of twenty three thousand square feet of renovated space on January 4th. Grow Academy's nine new classrooms and associated spaces are part of a larger makeover of the one hundred and five thousand square foot facility at 421 P Street in northwest DC. Construction is slated to finish in July of 2012.
3 January 2012
The studio is submitting permit drawings for a new house project on Fire Island, New York, to start 2012. This will be Studio Twenty Seven Architecture's second project on the island. The design is a theme and variation study of the relationship between solid and void. The four elevations compose variations of voids punched in a field of solid and solids balanced in a field of void. The theme for the arrangement of the interior spaces is the same. Two solid containers for sleeping float in an open void. Construction will begin this summer.