The Offset

by Ja Studio + ARTA Design and Build
The Offset Ja Studio + ARTA Design and Build

The idea of the project is to capture south light exposure on an eastwest lot by splitting and offsetting the second floor of a narrow and deep infill house.
The offset between the two levels in section becomes an opening that allows the south light into the main floor and in plan it becomes a void that allows a straight cascading stair to pass through.
In the elevation the offset of two one and half storey volumes on one hand defines the entry and on the other creates distance between the south face of the top volume and the neighbor.
Two cozy outdoor spaces are created for the lower second floor as the result of this volumetric shift. At the end the project tries to use a geometric shift to create a house that constantly changes mood and character by the changing qualities of light during the day.

Photos courtesy of Behnaz Assadi and ADVERTOURS

Sponsor

Sponsor

  • The Sun House

    The Sun House

    We endeavoured to make the most of the site by pushing the main ‘L’ shape of the building to the rear.
    This then created an open courtyard which was private but with sti...

  • Artist Residence & Studio

    Artist Residence & Studio

    A new sculpture garden connects the 2nd floor roof level of two existing buildings used by the late artist Roy Lichtenstein and his family. Still the West Village home of his widow...

  • Residence Rotterdam

    Residence Rotterdam

    What do you get when you are the owner of a sublime villa in Rotterdam and you give designer Robert Kolenik carte blanche to redesign your interior? Eco chic eye candy for extremel...

  • Impressive Church Conversion in San Francisco

    Impressive Church Convers..

    The owner of this former church overlooking San-Francisco's Mission Dolores Park converted it into a single-family home with three bedrooms. The church built in 1909, was bought in...

  • Modern House Design On Small Site Witin A Tight Budget

    Modern House Design On Sm..

    Pb Elemental Architecture is the company which designed this beautiful modern house with many limitations. First of all the budget was very tight but the clients family was large a...

  • Serrano Apartments: Amazing Urban Remodeling in Madrid

    Serrano Apartments: Amazi..

    Luxury, comfort, design and quality have been joined in eight new flats just in the centre of Madrid. They are new reformed luxurious apartments designed by A-cero. They are in an ...

  • Villa Rotonda

    Villa Rotonda

    A remarkable fusion of contemporary traditionalism and artisanal modernism
    The swimming pool, sauna, and hot tub are clear signs of luxury in this residence in Goirle, a mun...

  • Ninebyfour

    Ninebyfour

    Ninebyfour is an archetypical tubelight fixture, crafted from an atypical material; wood. This is possible through the use of energy efficient Philips LED light tubes. These LED li...

  • Qing Shui Wan Spa Hotel

    Qing Shui Wan Spa Hotel

    Singaporean architectural firm, Nota Design International, have designed the facade and interior of the Qing Shui Wan Spa Hotel in Shenyang, China. This luxury spa club offers natu...

  • Hunter Hills House

    Hunter Hills House

    The challenge was to create a light and airy home on this steep south facing site while maintaining connections to the garden, water and city views.
    A series of three distin...