Ignition reimagined the essential qualities of a suburban home for an urban context in the Octavia Arts competition. Our proposal interweaves suburban concepts of neighborhood, lawn, personal garden, and individualized design, within a dense urban framework. Neighborhood interaction is encouraged by interspersing attractive public resources such as community gardens, viewing terraces, galleries, a café and a flower shop throughout the project.
A digital veil at the corner of Market and Octavia forms a dynamic neighborhood gateway though an interactive electromechanical construct which showcases community multimedia artwork.
Octavia Arts advances an existence that is harmonious with nature, underlining the importance of sustainability and modularity. Sustainable principles include solar power, grey-water, xeriscaped gardens, passive solar controls and sustainable finishes. Modular construction techniques further limit waste, forming an efficient, individualized dwelling.
2006 Merit Award, On-The-Boards, Residential Architect Magazine; 2005 San Francisco Prize, Third Place
LEED Platinum Targeted
16 / Studio, 2BR and 3BR
None (Transit-Oriented Development)
Hayes Valley Neighborhood Association (HVNA)
This project was collaboration between Ignition Architecture and ellipsis a+d.