Brushytop Home is a modern home created by San Antonio-based mostly studio John Grable Architects.
Completed in August 2013, this 4,000 square foot single household residence is situated in Alamo Heights, an affluent community in the midtown of San Antonio, Texas, USA.
Green Lantern Residence by John Grable Architects:
“Sited on a corner lot of the Alamo Heights neighborhood, overlooking the Olmos Basin with views of downtown, this revolutionary single loved ones residence was constructed on the architect and client’s mutual respect for the environment. With the foundation of sustainability as a responsible and moral obligation of developed kind, the challenge was to balance progressive sustainable technologies with time honored methods whilst also drawing from and integrating with the historic context of the community. The single story bedroom portions of the authentic 1948 ranch type property remained and were encapsulated with new one particular and 2 story public area additions.
Whilst the project incorporates programs this kind of as photovoltaic panels, a green roof method, grey-water harvesting, and LED lighting there was also an effort to minimize effect by way of cautious organizing and consideration of the website and its surroundings. The new development was created to re-use the current basis, and wood from the earlier structure was recycled and re-employed. Passive programs this kind of as arbors and overhang structures were implemented to make shading and lessen solar obtain, even though the whole undertaking was sited to safeguard the variety of existing heritage oak trees found during the web site throughout development.
At the ground floor changes in degree, stepping up more than the pool along the main entry bridge and back down once again from the kitchen to the living spot, give a playful dialogue and transition in between public spaces, even as a largely open floor plan and generous windows act to connect these spaces to each and every other and the outdoors. In addition, wall-to-wall sliding doors in the residing region open up to increase the area out into the pool and landscape that provides further outside space for entertaining and gathering of close friends and loved ones. The entry bridge spanning the pool enlivens these outdoor spaces with a grotto waterfall niche that compliments the amazing shade of the heritage trees that reside throughout the yard. This rhythm is mirrored at the 2nd floor as a series of folding doors in the ‘party room’ open to a big out-door terrace in the tree canopies, which once again methods down to its very own ‘landscape’ green roof backyard with hot tub that takes in distance vistas of downtown.
These kinds not only offer elegant spaces for entertaining, but also offer a stage for discussion and promotion of the core principle of sustainability that produced it. Meeting and exceeding standards for green certifications this kind of as Energy Star – Gold, NAHB Green Building – Emerald, Build SA Green – Level 3, and LEED – Platinum act as a catalyst to encourage sustainability and accountable building practices in future tasks with-in 1 of San Antonio’s oldest community, and by way of-out the city.”
Photos by: John J. Grable, Dror Baldinger
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