(Editors Note: Brian Phillips is the principle at Interface Studio Architects (ISA), the designers of our Postgreen Homes line. We are occasionally able to guilt him into writing a post.)
A big part of the fun of working with Postgreen is finding design opportunities within the tight parameters of budget, constructability and time constraints. Simplicity has been at the root of much of our design process. A key example of this elemental approach was established with the original 100K House in the decision to limit the exterior cladding to a single material.
By using only two colors of fiber cement panels we created a vertically proportioned, pixellated, urban camouflaged facade (as seen above). The M&M House and Passive House use horizontal fiber cement planks of varied widths and a painting strategy of different colored stripes adds variety to the otherwise simple exterior. (pictured below)
Our latest variant on this approach has come to be known as the “Tattoo House”. The combination of flat cladding and paint has inspired a full-blown graphic strategy which explores the application of images to individual 2’ x 8’ fiber cement panels as seen in this early rendering of the Skinny Project.
We’ve been working with local Philadelphia silkscreen artist Candy Depew to develop a method for the application of these unique architectural graphics. Candy and her team will print on the panels using large format screens with up to 4 colors. (Before installation the printed panels will be clear coated to ensure resilience through the remainder of the construction process and to prevent long-term color fading.)
In studying how to develop these house “tattoos” we’ve created a standardized approach for translating graphics — potentially from a variety of artists and sources — into a straightforward format for the 2’x8’ panels.
Our graphic investigation focused on how to crop existing images and patterns, the size of the images in relationship to the size of the house, and how to use color in a particular way that compliments the pattern and range of scale.
It seems plausible that in the future Postgreen customers might be able to upload raster images and have them appear on their homes. More excitement to come!
Click on any of the images to see larger versions on our Flickr page and please let us know what you think in the comments.
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