Housing development #1

Client: Withheld upon owner's request

Program: 7 bedroom villa

Size: 580 sqm

Budget: Withheld upon owner's request

Completion Date: June 1st 2008 (proposal)

Built: Unbuilt

Material: Concrete, bent Steel, insulated translucent ceramic panels, photovoltaic, triple insulated glass

Architect: Herwig Baumgartner, Scott Uriu

Team: Anthony Ip, Justin Oh, Daniel Saltee, Yahua Wang

Housing development #1
The design concept for the mountain villa is to create a villa type that maintains the upmost transparency at the street level to maximize the views towards the mountain landscape and create an atmosphere of openness along the private roads and between the neighboring villas. Issues of privacy and protecting views between the individual villas as well as among the formal, informal, and staff quarters of the villa are achieved through the shape and form of the building itself.

The design unfolds into three cascading floor levels that follow the slope of the mountain terrain and offer remarkable views from every room on each level. All formal areas including the guest room are located on the ground floor while the 5 bedrooms, the master bedroom and family living room are distributed over two floors to the lower level. Great care was giving to the issue of privacy between the different floor levels. The geometry of the villa was designed in a way that from no point in the formal quarters of the villa there is a direct view to the family and informal quarters below.

The building assembly consists of four main elements: The concrete superstructure, a bent steel frame that supports the stone facade, the glass curtain wall and the trellis.

A sustainability concept will be developed that includes the utilization of photovoltaic cells, a radiant cooling and heating system, the use of solar thermal collectors for domestic water heating as well as an elaborate building management system that optimizes the energy consumption for the villa.