Sleeve House (Single Family Residence) by Adam Dayem
2017 - 2018, Golden A' Architecture, Building and Structure Design Award Winner
The house is conceived as two elongated volumes, a smaller inner volume sleeved into a larger outer volume, sitting on a cast-in-place concrete base. The sleeve creates two distinct types of interior space: between the inner and outer volumes, and within the inner volume. More public spaces of the house (entry gallery, dining, living) are in between the inner and outer volumes. More private spaces (bedrooms, bathrooms, study) are inside the inner volume.
The inner and outer volumes are wrapped with a charred wood skin. The charring is a traditional Japanese process that leaves wood blackened and highly resistant to weather and rot. Boards of varying thickness and depth are placed flat and on-end to give the facades depth, pattern, and texture. The on-end boards run continuously as screens over windows on the long sides of the house to emphasize purity of the sleeved volumes and reference the volumetric simplicity of weathered barns in the region.
Design Challenges
The main challenge of the project was to develop a contemporary house for a highly sophisticated design sensibility, but at the same time reference the historical character of the Hudson Valley. The tilt of the building creates a contemporary design language though a sense of dynamism, yet the simplicity of volume and rough textured facades reference historical barns in the Hudson Valley.
Production Technology
The sleeved volumes sit on an exposed cast-in-place concrete base that forms the walls, steps and floors of the lower level. The floors and steps contain radiant heat elements, and together with the walls, they create a large thermal mass that significantly increases heating and cooling efficiency. Other energy efficient features including solar power with battery backup, a heat recovery ventilator, triple-pane glazing, water and sewer self-sufficiency, very low air infiltration and native plant landscaping keep the home’s CO2 usage at approximately 1 metric ton per year.
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