As construction earns the unwelcome title of leading dirty industry, architecture focused on energy efficiency, natural materials and sustainability, even in the face of natural disasters, is a win for the environment and homeowner. home or business. Given the increase in the number of hurricanes linked to the effects of climate change in coastal communities, Unabridged Architecture developed the Black and White Beach House to address these issues.
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The family-friendly resort is in an area heavily impacted by storms, in a historic beach town on the Gulf of Mexico. In fact, the previous house on the site was lost during Hurricane Katrina. In its place, Black and White Beach House has already endured two major hurricanes thanks to its climate-responsive design.
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Allison Anderson, Co-Principal of Unabridged Architecture, said, “Built on the site of a house lost in Katrina, creating architecture to last requires a willingness to experiment with form and materials to meet climate challenges.
The developers placed the semi-detached houses at the highest point of the land, supported by a plinth to bring it above the flood zone. The remoteness from the water has also preserved a grove of historic oak trees that have survived at least 300 years of coastal storms.
The main house pays homage to traditional southern architecture with a white exterior and wraparound porch, while the adjoining additional family home and outbuildings are clad in shou sugi ban, charred Accoya wood. Between the buildings, a terraced garden provides a gathering space, and crushed limestone paths connect the spaces. The selection of natural materials provides a durable and functional walkway that naturally allows rainwater to infiltrate the surface. Throughout the landscape, the walls are constructed with travertine tiles and the terraces are reinforced with steel curbs.
Invasive species that had invaded the lot after Hurricane Katrina have been replaced with native plants that grow well with little water requirements. The natural habitat is also salt tolerant and attracts a variety of animals. The architects also addressed energy efficiency with deep cantilevers, an airtight building envelope and full insulation.
As stated in a press release, Unabridged Architecture is “deeply rooted in building the future. Their mission is to produce sustainable and resilient design, specializing in architectural responses to climate challenges. rebuilding Mississippi towns after Katrina and earning a COTE “Top Ten” award for their marine education center as part of the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory project.
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