Water Street

Water Street

Tucson, United States – Rob Paulus Architects

Built Area:     160.0 m2
Year Built:     2012
Photographs:    Liam Frederick

Water Street is an addition project to an existing bungalow. The original structure sits on a long plot of land. In order to maximize space, a master suite was added, along with a new guest house. The latest addition features an open interior with plenty of natural light coming in.

Smart material choices and a great location makes this rental unit a potential hit.
Smart material choices and a great location makes this rental unit a potential hit.

Various openings and slits were incorporated into the new structure to create various light effects. The architects also made smart material choices that would work well in this rental occupancy. Because it’s close to a major university, the house could very well attract numerous renters.

Minimal, fuss-free, and simple living is the prevailing theme of the house.
Minimal, fuss-free, and simple living is the prevailing theme of the house.

Notes from the Architect:

A master suite addition and new guest house are added to a long lot in a neighborhood near a major university to create new infill density.

The design concept re-interprets the existing roof slopes of the existing bungalow to create new space that emphasizes natural light and open interiors. One skewed wall plane is shared by both the master suite addition and the new freestanding guest house to provide continuity and emphasis of the deep lot.

Large openings are oriented north while narrow vertical slits slice the east and west walls to create a constantly moving sundial effect throughout the day. Integral color concrete rainscreen board wraps the exterior wall attached with precision stainless steel fasteners while cold rolled steel on the roof combine to establish a maintenance free enclosure system for this rental occupancy.

The proximity to higher education and the attention to detailing of the project create highly desirable, smart growth housing that taps into existing infrastructure and urban possibilities.

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Another house from the same architect is DWC House

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