step inside mork-ulnes architects’ ‘body home’ in new brief movie


design after catastrophe


In 2017, Mork-Ulnes Architects designed a trio of concrete guesthouses on this property within the Sonoma hills in northern California. Only a few months later, wildfires engulfed the world, destroying the household’s predominant residence however leaving the brand new visitor lodging intact. The purchasers then entrusted Mork-Ulnes Architects to design a brand new house that might higher face up to future wildfires. The designers responded with ‘Body Home’, a two storey dwelling with a fire-resistant concrete shell. 


‘After the Nuns Hearth of 2017 ravaged the encircling space and broken the property, the purchasers requested us to design a brand new home that may be armored in opposition to future wildfires,’ says Casper Mork-Ulnes. ‘The idea was to design an all concrete home that’s wrapped in a sacrificial layer of wooden that gave a nod to the native vernacular farm constructions within the space – in order that its materiality nonetheless feels prefer it matches with a Northern California house regardless of being structurally of concrete.’

step inside mork-ulnes architects' wildfire resistant ‘frame house’ in new short film
photos by Bruce Damonte





Mork-Ulnes Architects appeared to California Modernism to design Body Home, adopting parts of openness and indoor-outdoor dwelling however giving them a up to date reinterpretation.


‘Having lived in California for a really very long time, I’m influenced by the West Coast modernists, Koenig, Neutra, Ain and their contemporaries,’ continues Mork-Ulnes. ‘These homes, with their sense of openness, discover points of sunshine and area which can be elementary for me as effectively; as a Norwegian, I’m all the time drawn to the psychological significance of sunshine and air in structure.’


The oblong flooring plan is outlined by a structural gridwork, the modules of which differ in width and wall end relying on the general public or non-public perform. The architect explains,‘A deep loggia and a repetitive grid of columns creates the construction of the home. The loggia creates each a respite from the new Sonoma solar and a rhythmic sample that gives the order and framework for the home. The grid construction defines the capabilities of the home and whether or not they’re introverted or extroverted to the location relying on if they’re crammed in with a void of glass or stable wall.’

step inside mork-ulnes architects' wildfire resistant ‘frame house’ in new short film
Body Home takes its title from its uncovered concrete construction



As a part of their transient, the purchasers wished to take pleasure in indoor-outdoor dwelling areas and views from each room. In response, the staff deliberate an open social space on the bottom flooring with kitchen, eating and dwelling areas. Operable glass doorways lengthen this area out to timber decked terraces on the east and west going through frontages. Deep concrete overhangs on these sides assist mitigate photo voltaic achieve. The southern elevation is completely opaque whereas the utterly glazed northern façade supplies panoramic views in direction of Manzanita Canyon.


A small circulation and repair core leads residents upstairs to the non-public flooring, which accommodates 4 bedrooms. To proceed the sunshine, open character of the bottom flooring, Mork-Ulnes Architects inserted a big void into the higher stage that’s linked by a catwalk.

step inside mork-ulnes architects' wildfire resistant ‘frame house’ in new short film
the interiors are bathed in pure gentle



As for supplies, the purchasers had been eager to recreate a few of the heat of their unique home. The residence’s concrete shell is due to this fact clad with a sacrificial floor layer of western pink cedar siding as a nod to the world’s vernacular agrarian structure in addition to to melt its visible influence on the location. The interiors proceed this fusion of cool stone and heat timber with bleached Douglas fir surfaces and concrete flooring.


Contemplating the harm induced to the unique home in 2017, the brand new challenge consists of added measures to guard in opposition to wildfires reminiscent of non-combustible roofing materials and a sprinkler system. A photo voltaic area and energy wall battery system are linked to the effectively and water provide pump to make sure perform in emergency. Mork-Ulnes Architects additionally built-in passive and lively environmental methods together with using pure lighting and shading, intensive cross-ventilation, radiant heating, and an onsite photovoltaic system that offsets the property’s electrical energy utilization and powers the back-up batteries in case of an influence outage or future wildfire.

step inside mork-ulnes architects' wildfire resistant ‘frame house’ in new short film
a catwalk connects the higher flooring

step inside mork-ulnes architects' wildfire resistant ‘frame house’ in new short film
the master suite suite boasts panoramic views

step inside mork-ulnes architects' wildfire resistant ‘frame house’ in new short film
the residence additionally options an out of doors pool

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