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SOLAR LOFT DESIGN

Posted in architecture, cities, design with tags , , , , , on July 6, 2009 by architectcs

LOCATION

 

 

 

THE SOLAR  LOFTS ARE PROPOSED FOR A .16 ACRE LOT ON LOMAS BOULEVARD AT THE SW CORNER OF 12TH STREET.  THE LOCATION ON THE EDGE OF THE 12TH STREET NEIGHBORHOOD EXTENDS  THE RESIDENTIAL PRESENCE OF AN ESTABLISHED  DOWNTOWN COMMUNITY TO A MAJOR ARTERIAL.   THE LOFTS ARE CONVENIENT TO SEVERAL EMPLOYMENT CENTERS;  DOWNTOWN, THE JUDICIAL COMPLEX, OLD TOWN AND THE MUSEUM DISTRICT.  LOMAS BOULEVARD PROVIDES ARTERIAL ACCES TO INTERSTATE 25 AND THE UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO.

MEWS-TYPE SITE DESIGN

CREATIVE SITE PLANNING MAKES THIS PROJECT WORK:  THE LOFTS RANGE THE LENGTH OF A NEW BUILDING 100′ LONG, 24′ WIDE, AND 26′ HIGH FRONTING THE LOMAS SIDEWALK.  A PRIVATE DRIVEWAY BETWEEN TWELFTH STREET AND THE MID-BLOCK ALLEY SERVES ALL THE UNITS.   A ROW OF  TREES   SCREENS THE NEIGHBORING LOT.  THE 30′ SEPARATION TO THE RESIDENCE TO THE SOUTH MAXIMIZES PRIVACY FOR BOTH PROPERTIES.   THE BUILDING’S  MASS BLOCKS NOISE FROM LOMAS BOULEVARD PROTECTING THE PROPERTY AS AN URBAN OASIS.   SOLAR GLAZING AT THE SOUTH WALL AND BALCONIES AND ROOF DECKS EMPHASIZE THE CONNECTION TO THE OUTDOORS.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LOFT DESIGN
AN ENCLOSED GARDEN BUFFERS THE DRIVEWAY, PROVIDING SECURITY AT THE ENTRANCES.  EACH LOFT RISES FROM A 24′ X 24′ FOOTPRINT   WITH A GARDEN ROOM AND GARAGE ON THE GROUND FLOOR.   A STAIRWAY RISES TO THE LOFT LEVEL WHERE THE OPEN PLAN INCLUDES LIVING, DINING AND KITCHEN AREAS PLUS A BALCONY.

ON THE MEZZANINE ARE THE BEDROOM AND FULL BATH.  A CLERESTORY WINDOW  ADMITS SUNLIGHT TO THE UPPER LOFT.  A LARGE WINDOW OPENS OUT ACROSS THE CITY TO THE SANDIA MOUNTAINS.   A 275 SQUARE FOOT ROOF DECK PROVIDES  PRIVATE  OPEN SPACE.  THE LOFTS EMPHASIZE THE FLOW OF SPACE AND LIGHT.  PASSIVE SOLAR  DESIGN OFFERS UNIQUE ENERGY SAVINGS.  MOST WINTER DAYS THE SUN’S HEAT WILL BE ADEQUATE TO WARM THE INTERIOR.  ON-SITE CISTERNS WILL STORE RAIN WATER FROM THE ROOF FOR LANDSCAPE IRRIGATION.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MARKETS
Surviving homebuilders will refocus on infill concepts – denser communities with mixed uses and town center elements.
Lenders are more favorably disposed to apartments … in strong markets….the long term prognosis will render our 50-year love affair with the suburbs and a car for every driver, unsustainable. We’ll eventually go in and up. “Urban centers will be the driving force in the future.” The prediction is that people will return to the cores where a combination of “entertainment, shopping, culture, and action” can be found.

-EMERGING TRENDS IN REAL ESTATE 2009.  THE URBAN LAND INSTITUTE

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