Saturday, April 10, 2010

"Standard recently received an honorable mention from Suburban Alternatives Land Trust (SALT) and Northbay Family Homes (NFH), sponsors of the California Senior Housing Design Competition, for the firm’s conceptual design for Bahia Meadows, a model for affordable and sustainable senior housing communities. Taking their cue from the people who formerly inhabited the North Bay area, Standard designed a sustainable senior housing complex that blends a historic low-tech precedent with modern technology to create a new community for active residents.

On each suburban-sized parcel, groups of up to three south-oriented dwellings, some duplexes, are placed side by side. Slight variations in the homes’ orientation prevent monotony and create unique spaces. This planning strategy proposes a denser suburb - one that encourages social interaction between the residents while allowing for their privacy. Grouping the homes within a compact footprint reduces environmental impacts and integrates passive solar energy. The floorplans and sections are carefully designed to balance natural light, heat gain and loss, access and views. Wood decks on the east facing ends of each home offer sweeping views over the protected river estuary and the San Pablo Bay..." to find out more...
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