Mar. 5th Boston Home Magazine features Studio Luz

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Studio Luz is proud to announce that writer Alyssa Giacobbe has featured the Meyer Residence in Boston Home Magazine. Giacobbe covers a range of topics, giving readers a sense for the problem-solving skills that were required of Barraza and Piermarini as they navigated the design process as architects. Giacobbe delves into the Barraza and Piermarini’s shared values behind the design — modern aesthetic, openness, and sustainability — as well as their sometimes competing visions of how those values should manifest. Additionally, the article provides a full description of the Meyer Residence and photos of Barraza and Piermarini’s family in the home.

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The Meyer Residence, home to Studio Luz’s very own Hansy Better Barraza and Anthony Piermarini, is located on a small urban lot in Roslindale. The Meyer Residence emphasizes light, sustainability, and openness. The first floor is organized around a central stairwell that divides the service spaces from the family social spaces. The stairway serves as a light-well and air chimney for the home. It is made from perforated metal, custom bent to create the steps. The perforations allow for light and air to pass through the space freely. A central galley kitchen allows for the dining and living spaces to overlap with the food focused areas; this overlap encourages family social time on the first floor. On the second level, there are 3 bedrooms, 2 baths and shared storage areas. A full roof deck allows for ample outdoor space for family life.

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The innovative use of space and material in the Meyer Residence has not gone unnoticed: in October 2015, the Meyer Residence won an American architecture award from the Chicago Athenaeum. To learn more about the creative process behind the Meyer Residence, click here and read the feature!

Mar. 28th New eco-friendly Ecco Pizzeria

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We are very excited to let everyone know about the fantastic new Ecco Pizzeria in the Allston area designed by Studio Luz Architects. Ecco means “Here” in Italian, an expression often used to call one’s attention; it’s casual, friendly, and plays on the eco-consciousness of the owner’s mission. The pizza is  both organic and natural, with fresh ingredients. The owner operates Ecco Pizzeria in an environmentally conscious way with the aspirations of creating net-zero waste. All food waste, napkins, plates, cups, straws and utensils are able to be composted. Even the kitchen is 90% reclaimed/reused!  We are proud to be part of the team to create an “eco-minded” eatery.

Exterior Facade along Commonwealth Ave.

Studio Luz Architects was challenged with creating a distinct design and identity for this new pizza franchise. As such, the design strategy, architectural character, and brand identity had to be transferable to potential future sites. Studio Luz Architects helped the owner to create spatial features, highlights and interior graphics that are distinct and memorable. For example, each store is to have major wall murals, an open pizza oven as the focal point and pixelated graphics that defines the façade.

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Working with the graphic design Firm Deelux, our two teams were able to create a space where the graphic identity is intricately linked to the architecture. The owner spent countless hours tracking down reclaimed or reused furniture and equipment. And the design team specified many recycled, reclaimed or rapidly renewable materials. Sheryl Julian, Boston Globe’s food editor, recently wrote a review of Ecco Pizzeria in the Boston Globe. Ecco Pizzeria is located at 1147 Commonwealth Ave. in Boston. For images go to our website!

Jan. 2nd An Open Letter to a New Year

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Dear Friends and Colleagues,

It is time for Studio Luz to reflect on the past and imagine new possibilities for the future. 2011 marked some significant achievements for our clients as well as our team here at Studio Luz. Here is a quick look at some of accomplishments and projects to look out for in 2012!

We are very proud of all our new projects this past year. We congratulate ECCO Pizzeria in Allston,  Chutneys at the Longwood Galleria, Dental Arts of Westwood, Ab-Pro Labs of Lexington, and to our dear residential clients, thank you for allowing us to be part of your homes. One of the residences was recently featured in the Boston Globe Magazine. We would also like to give special congratulations to Urbanica Inc. for the new residences at 691 Massachusetts Avenue project, which received a great article from Robert Campbell, the Pulitzer-Prize winning critic for the Boston Globe.  SLA is proud to be involved with all of these projects, grateful to our clients for the opportunity and enjoyed the process immensely. You can see many of these on our redesigned website, facebook, and blog.

Our principals were fortunate to be invited to speak, contribute to and participate in various juries and symposia internationally this year. We thank Universidad Francisco Marroquín of Guatemala, the University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Critical Productive for including Hansy in their programs this year. We also thank the AIA Puerto Rico for inviting Anthony to be part of the AIA Award Jury and to present at the Polytechnic University School of Architecture.

Academically, our founding partner, Hansy Better Barraza was promoted to Associate Professor in Architecture at the Rhode Island School of Design. She was recognized for her dedication to addressing issues of Social Justice through Architecture as well as excellence in mentoring and teaching. She is currently on sabbatical working on two significant projects. Her first project is applied research into making ecologically advanced homes in an affordable way. The second project due out in 2012 is her new book, “Where are the Utopian Visionaries? Architecture of Social Exchange.” being published by Periscope Ltd. and distributed worldwide by Prestel Press.

Lastly, principals, Hansy Better Barraza and Anthony Piermarini founded a new Non-Profit organization called BRACE, which received its 501(c) (3) status. BRACE is dedicated to creating innovative and progressive community spaces that engage in social, economic and cultural issues.

In 2012, we look forward to continued collaborations with our clients and of course welcome new relationships. Wishing everyone peace, health and joy in the New Year!

Cheers!

From all of us at Studio Luz Architects.