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!

Dec. 23rd A Holiday Message and Happy 2016!

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As 2016 is about to start, we here at Studio Luz are excited to reflect on the almost complete new residential building, Piedmont Park Square. As part of our reflection, we recognize that this building is not a result of a singular effort by one group of people but built upon a collaborative team invested in design.  We are indebted to our clients, TCR Development and JB Ventures for giving Studio Luz and our consultants the opportunity to see the collaborative efforts come into built reality. The new construction of eight residential units in Bay Village would not have been possible without the contractors, Atlantic Management, and their dedication to seeing this through.  It is rewarding to see how many people we have collaborated with on this project and helped us successfully complete this milestone work. Thank you for the privilege!

We have much to look forward to in 2016, including projects under way and new clients that we will certainly enjoy working with. We will starting construction on multiple single family renovations in the Boston area including Brookline, Beacon Hill, Roslindale, Weston and Brighton.  For residential projects, we rely on contractors that are creative problem solvers and have a proven track record to build our projects. We want to thank Aldor Corporation, Aedi Construction and FH Perry Builders for their trusted relationships.  We are forming a new collaboration with Cocobeet, an innovative food company looking to expand their existing Boston business with a new location in Wellesley, MA. Stay tuned for design updates in 2016!

There is nothing more rewarding than the work we do, as it brings together so many people to make for better spaces, better buildings and ultimately better experiences. Thanks to everyone we have worked with and we send our best wishes for peace, health and happiness for the New Year!

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Above: Dustin Street renovation, Brighton, MA

 

A Year in Review:

The Meyer Residence received The American Architecture Award for 2015. This award honors the best, new significant buildings and landscape and planning projects designed and/or built in the United States. The Meyer Residence drawings and photos are being exhibited at the Chicago Athenaeum and the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies in Chicago in December 2015. After Chicago, the exhibition travels to Izmir Turkey and then to our Museum in Athens, Greece.

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Studio Luz is waiting on permits for Bruno‘s Burgersa 2,000 square foot, 62-seat restaurant featuring grass-fed burgers, sandwiches & shakes in Cape Cod, MA.  Studio Luz assisted the owners in developing the brand, graphic design and space that will serve meat that is raised naturally without antibiotics or hormones. Studio Luz designed a new façade and interiors, featuring vertical wood Garapa fins that help to animate and transform a former donut shop.

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Studio Luz completed the Providence Foods Marketplace feasibility study for the City of Providence. Intending to create a new form of civic space that supports the local food culture, the City of Providence approached Studio Luz to come up with a new food/ marketplace typology. This new building would house and celebrate the local farmers, food makers and entrepreneurs by providing a diverse set of spaces where they can sell their produce.

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ACTAR recently released an article written by Hansy Better Barraza,  “Architect as Initiator: Searching for Authentic Production” in Beyond Patronage: Reconsidering Models of Practice edited by Martha Bohm, Joyce Hwang, and Gabrielle Printz. The article discusses projects designed and built by BR+A+CE, a 501c3 non-profit co-founded by Hansy Better Barraza and Anthony Piermarini, and how they related to notions of architectural “patronage” today and their implications in design, research, and practice.

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Sep. 21st E+ Green Building Housing

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THIS PROPOSAL SEEKS TO OBTAIN LEED PLATINUM, HERS INDEX: -9

Studio Luz Architect’s proposal for Mayor Menino’s Energy Positive E+ Green Building Demonstration Program is on exhibit at the Boston Architectural College’s McCormick Gallery through September 25. Studio Luz Architects partnered with Urbanica Design + Development for the 64 Catherine Street site in Jamaica Plain, Boston. The design competition was held by the City of Boston on city-own property to promote the next generation of high performance deep green building prototypes in Boston.

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It is imperative to create homes that are in harmony with the environment in which they operate. To achieve this requires not only a radical shift in the design of buildings but an encouragement of new living patterns and sensitivity to economical viability.

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Our proposal introduces the townhouse type to the Jamaica Plain Woodbourne neighborhood, contributing to the diversity of homes in the area while remaining respectful of the existing neighborhood character. The building consists of two typical units, approximately 1,500 sf each, sharing a mirror twin relationship with the central party wall. Variations in proportion and scale are developed as a response to the unique triangular site configuration. We see this as a soft prototype, where the spatial layout and systems of a basic unit can be adapted to fit the specific demands of the site, its context and particular climate.

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