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

  • Trastevere

    Trastevere

    A 38 sq m (410 sq ft) suite in the heart of the historical quarter of Trastevere. The designers, Sara Cimarelli and Giorgio Opolka, partners in the Archifacturing office, have desi...

  • Casa Pedroso

    Casa Pedroso

    Casa Pedroso is a private residence designed jointly by Luciano Kruk and María Victoria Besonías. It is located in Mar Azul, Buenos Aires, Argentina, and includes plenty of windo...

  • The Cloud Building

    The Cloud Building

    The Agency MVRDV presents the controversial project "The Cloud". A building consisting of two twin towers in the middle by a "cloud of pixel" after a few remember the twin towers c...

  • Port Ludlow Residence

    Port Ludlow Residence

    The Port Ludlow Residence is a compact, 2400 SF modern house located on a wooded waterfront property at the north end of the Hood Canal, a long, fjord-like arm of western Puget Sou...

  • Maison du Boisé

    Maison du Boisé

    Once they had chosen a wooded site, the mandate was to create a house that would specifically address the children’s well-being. From there, the mother was interested in colour a...

  • Streetstew pad

    Streetstew pad

    The Belgian designer Tim Baute from Interror has designed Streetstew, a practical aluminum trivet for one or more pots inspired on city maps. The design consists of three puzzle pi...

  • Mister T

    Mister T

    Mister T is a versatile furniture design created by Paris-based designer Antoine Lesur in collaboration with French furniture brand Oxyo. It is an occasional furniture unit compose...

  • Wissioming Residence

    Wissioming Residence

    The new house occupies the footprint of a pre-existing house in an effort to minimally disturb the site, removing no mature hardwoods in the process. A new swimming pool is suspend...

  • Casa Duendes

    Casa Duendes

    Casa Duendes was designed by Estudio Puyol / Meinardy and is located in San José del Rincón, Santa Fe, Argentina. The home is brick walls against a green background, and has an i...

  • The Freedom

    The Freedom

    Welcome to The Freedom, the big modern home that gives you all the room you need to be yourself. Combining a meal area, galley-style kitchen, computer nook and living space, the hu...