This newly built house is a lovely marriage of contemporary demands and mid-century style and efficiency. Situated in Cupertino, California, and designed by William Leddy of Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects, it has consciously modelled itself on the Case Study House program, but adapted the original approach to the modern concern for carbon neutral building design.
What this means in practice is a host of green technical features, including a photovoltaic array, a solar thermal storage tank and radiant floor, all of which have achieved the coveted net-zero energy output.
It also entails a distinct departure from the mansion-sized houses that have proliferated elsewhere in the area: it is just over 200 square meters, with just a single storey and a relatively modest two car garage, “and only because the city required it” says Leddy, “otherwise we’d have a carport”.
Yet with that said, only a fool would be dissatisfied with the size. Indeed, the design evidently achieves a level of airy spaciousness that is surely down to the influence of the earlier Case Study House.
The original Case Study House Program comprised a series of experiments in residential architecture sponsored by the magazine Arts & Architecture, which commissioned some of the leading lights of modernist architecture and design to design inexpensive and efficient model homes that could inject a modernist impulse into the residential housing boom which was gathering pace at the time.
The result was a series of homes that are integral to the mid-century style. No surprise, given that architects such as Richard Neutra, Charles and Ray Eames and Eero Saarinen contributing to the project.
To pick up the mantle of the Case Study House in the context of heightened concerns for human’s ecological impact is quite an admirable goal for an architect, it is something that should be done much more often. The results, as this house demonstrates, would be very fruitful.
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