The Seidenberg House, designed by Metcalfe A&D, is a remodeling project of an existing mid-century dwelling. located in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania. The main objective when building this contemporary home was to develop a nature embedded residence, reminiscent of playful childhood times: “MA&D reconstructed this mid-century kit house, taking advantage of its location by creating a bedroom nestled in the treetops. A glass connector bridge links the bedroom to the rest of the house. This house reflects our focus on play and romanticism. Trees and bridges evoke peace, solitude and memories of the escapes of childhood.” From where we are standing, the design of this home is partially youthful, partially elegant and sober. The interiors display a minimalist approach, spiced up with wooden details, which add a welcoming feel. Enjoy the virtual tour and tell us what you believe are the details that make this crib inviting.
Energy during the construction process was saved by using FSC-certified glulam timber instead of steel to create the building’s distinctive wavy roof, while the store’s external walls use hemclad, a highly innovative insulator made from hemp, which, like all plants, absorbs CO2 from the atmosphere as it grows. An 80,000 litre water tank below ground provides water for the store’s toilets and waters the site’s green wall’, which provides natural insulation, acts as an all-natural pollution filter near the car park, and helps to encourage biodiversity. The result is a building that uses a fraction of the energy of structures of a similar size, and is still very popular with local shoppers.
Inside the school, a wall made of cross-laminated timber separates classrooms from the main corridor, providing a space for storage and study. With very little to work with, the architects have managed to create a building that is much more than just the sum of all of its parts