The design objective of the Taaffe residence was to merge cutting-edge technology & sustainable architecture with the genial experience of living among nature.
World Architecture & Design Awards 2019
First Award | Category: Residential-Private House
Architects: Malika Junaid
Studio: M. Designs Architects
Country: United States
The Taaffe residence opens with a fifteen-foot entrance door into a Great Room, the north- façade of which is protected by a 23×36 ft. glass curtain wall. The glass wall opens in the style of an aircraft hangar door, extending the living experience outdoors.
An open floor plan combines kitchen, living, and dining areas. To the left is a nineteen-foot cantilevered kitchen island with touch and proximity sensor enabled cabinets and lighting system. To the right, a three-sided glass fireplace is the focus of the family room. In the center, a circular glass- floored dining area, cantilevers over a sixty-foot long swimming pool with Michelangelo’s “Creation of Adam” mosaic tiled floor, serving as the Great Room’s centerpiece.
The house’s most remarkable features are the unseen ones. A gray water & rainwater harvesting system saves approximately 34,000 gallons of water annually & minimizes municipal water use. The photo-voltaic solar system offsets 95% of the home’s energy usage. The heating system, optimized by the use of 95% efficient Hydronics on an aluminum clad subfloor radiant system, operates at a 20% lower temperature compared to a traditional system. Lastly, to achieve the ideal humidity, temperature, and indoor air quality, a whole-house dehumidifier with a fresh air return system, monitors and maintains the comfort zone for the occupants throughout the day.