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Octavia Arts

Ignition Architecture, Ellipsis a+d

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2006 RADA
On The Boards / Merit

The judges remarked on the clear presentation, ambitious goals, and contextual response of this mixed-use project designed for a slim San Francisco parcel. “It's considering so many different aspects,” one observed.

Collaborators Gregory Klosowski, AIA, and Veronica Hinkley-Reck designed 16 housing units between ground-floor and some top-floor retail spaces. They envision the studio, two-bedroom, and three-bedroom units as prefab modules dropped into a site-built framework of concrete and steel. “We were trying to give the feeling of single-family dwellings in an urban context,” Hinkley-Reck says. Residents can customize their porches and front façades, and every dwelling enjoys access to private and public garden space.

Solar panels and rainwater collectors supply a sustainable component. “We wanted to really integrate sustainability into the building, so it's not tacked on,” Klosowski says. He and Hinkley-Reck first created the currently unbuilt project for the 2005 San Francisco Prize competition, where it won honorable mention recognition.
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