Space has always been and remains a challenge for every architect, designer or home owner. But adapting is in our human nature and in one way or another we always manage to find a solution to this common problem.In most cases, a narrow site offers alongside constraints many possibilities born from the limitations imposed, generating naturally the interior living spaces and their inner organization and functionality. Thus is the case of the 007 Home by Rob Paulus Architecs where simplicity and pure geometry has created a space efficient bachelor pad home with all the commodity requirements as well as a strong connection with the natural environment.
The color scheme is a bold one, with contrasting tones.
Location Tucson, AZ
Client Greg Puhler
Contractors Repp Construction, Inc
Area 1,600 sf
Completion Date 2002
AIA Southern Arizona Design Excellence Award – Home of the year
AIA Southern Arizona Merit Award
AIA Arizona Honor Award
Sunset – March 2010
Residential Architect – January February 2008
Architectural Record – 2005
Dwell – December 2003
Tucson Lifestyle Home and Garden – Winter 2003
Desert Living – September October 2003
“This house for a single guy in his mid 30’s draws upon the slick and cool ideal of a modern bachelor pad. Set on the edge of an older neighborhood near the University of Arizona, the concept creates indoor, outdoor living that makes the best of a small site and tight budget. Constrained by formidable setbacks for a small lot, this home went vertical and down below grade to maximize the use of the site. Two insulated masonry walls define the enclosure east and west with floor to ceiling glass at the north and south facing rooms. A large canopy cantilevers out to the south to shade the interior from the harsh desert sun while establishing an edge for the southern courtyard. Designed as a loft, the interior emphasizes light and space over décor. Detail is relegated to functional components- stair, railing, cabinetry and the juncture of dissimilar materials. Clean geometry defines both vertical and horizontal surfaces to create a tranquil setting for life along a busy street.Passive solar in plan and section, the house also captures all rainwater on the roof in a sculptural steel pipe gutter that will spill into a 1000 gallon storage tank to be re-used for courtyard planting.”- Rob Paulus Architects
The interior design scheme respects the overall conception, with simple architectural elements creating a masculine modern yet comfortable atmosphere.
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