Mc Kinley House, 1. Preis

1. Preis im Wettbewerb, 2009 Buffalo western New York.

With the spirit of modernism itself, combines the 2009 Mc Kinley House timeless and sophisticated architecture with the criteria of prefabricated and mobile home of the 21st century.

The building orders more than two orientation sides and can be placed therefore on every property and be aimed to the south (see fig. 01-04). With this building, consisting of three modules, can be reached highest possible prefabrication while was renounced doors and complex connections in the seams. Thus one could insert, e.g., already the interior finish and the seams after him join of the modules with visible covers close.

The open floor plan and the high ceiling height (8′-2“) wins the building in generosity and quality of life. Underlined is this feeling by the phenomenal terrace construction in addition to the two main building modules for the third module is the smooth transition of interior-exterior produces. Because the building is aimed to the south and itself all day rooms there consider the terrace construction also offers the necessary architectural solar protection.

The possibility of a basement to renounce would mean a significant cost savings. In addition, guarantee’s the individual foundation solution further potentials for prefabrication. If for reasons of space but not on a basement floor may be omitted, so this layout also offers an alternative solution (see plan).

The application of a wooden construction structure and ecological building material almost offers the use of purely ecological building materials. Thus wood a Cellulose insulating material as well as an India rubber can be used beside the building material as a flat roof sealing. The completion of the exterior building envelope is a natural as well as horizontally arranged rear ventilated wooden facade.

All materials can be used from organic and recycled materials are produced. The flat roof sealing (see fig.02), for example, is not like a conventional bituminous seal attached, but can be light load (gravel), or mechanical clips are attached beyond it, the manufacturer likewise offers the prefabrication of the India rubber.

From construction-physical view the ecological materials offer the most ideal superstructures. Thus is able to, e.g. are renounced the use of customary foil sealing’s in the interior to favor a diffusion-open wall superstructure what considerably for the rise of the space quality and residential quality contributes.

Puplikation in: Competitions Magazin Winter 2009/2010

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The winning design enthusiastically embraced the idea of prefabrication by developing a proposal for a single story building composed of three modules, all of which could be assembled on site. Two of these modules were planned to make clear distinctions between the public and private zones of the house with the third designed to create a sheltered outdoor space. The winning design also proposed the use of recycled wood products and advocated site planning strategies which not only offered good views but at the same time provided protection from solar gain with the incorporation of screens and a pergola. The proposed house was modest in size but at the same time provided efficiently planned spaces and the opportunity to minimize utility costs.

Brian Carter, RIBA – Dean, School of Architecture and Planning, University at Buffalo

Weitere Publikation: Home Magazin, Buffalo Spree, western New York