Arch11 Featured in Three International Publications

First featured on the Contemporist, Arch11’s Syncline house has gone viral on the internet and featured in print publications on three continents:

April 2011 Issue of Architecture256,  a Ugandan Journal
May 2011 Issue of deZine, an Athenian Journal
Luxurious Villas, by Shenzhen publisher CCDC.

We are honored that we have received such praise for the project.  Have some fun, perform a Google search for “Syncline House” and see how many websites have it posted; truly amazing to read the posts as they have been passed around the world and translated to numerous languages and back to English.

Syncline House Bath Featured in Colorado Homes and Lifestyles

The April 2011 issue of Colorado Homes & Lifestyles features the master bathroom of the Syncline House. The special issue is dedicated to CHL’s selection of the 2011 Baths of the Year.

Jax Fish Lights Featured on Materialicious

The fish lights fabricated for Jax Fish House were some of Arch11′s first lighting experiments and after 15 years are still garnering interest.  Check out the article on here on Materialicious.

Arch11 Wins Four Awards from Builder Magazine

Boulder-based Arch11 has won four 2011 Watermark Awards in Builder Magazine’s annual competition. The Colorado architecture firm won the competition’s overall Project of the Year for its Syncline House, built with construction partner Hammerwell, Inc., also of Boulder. Additional awards for the Syncline project included Grand Prize, Kitchen in a Custom Home—3,000 to 5,000 square feet; an Award of Merit for Powder Room in a Custom Home; and an Award of Merit for Master Bath in a Custom Home. The 2011 Watermark Awards winners are showcased in Builder Magazine’s May issue and the story runs online with slideshows of the winning projects.

Sustainability arose as an unintentional overall theme for the 2011 awards, according to Builder Magazine Senior Design Editor Jenny Sullivan, who used Arch11’s winning design for the Syncline residence as an example: “The 2011 Project of the Year—a house that took the top spot for its kitchen, but also garnered additional awards for two of its baths—actually applied for LEED certification as an afterthought,” she wrote, “and came away with the organization’s gold award.”

Describing the Arch11-designed and Hammerwell-built Syncline residence as a “serene home” that “sits on the line where the Great Plains and the city of Boulder converge with the foothills of the Rockies,” the awards coverage goes on to praise the design’s connection to its setting, including its use of earthy materials such as limestone, Pennsylvania bluestone, soapstone and Australian jarrah wood, to “evoke the colors and textures of the natural landscape.”

Entries for the 2011 Watermark Awards were judged by a panel recognized for their expertise in the home building industry and considering criteria including innovation in architecture, floor plan efficiency and creative use of materials and interior design.

Founded in 1993, Arch11 has gained recognition for projects ranging from exceptional residences to institutional planning, mixed-use development and product design, including a 2009 Firm of the Year Award from the Colorado AIA North chapter. Based in Boulder, Colo., Arch11 has 30 combined years of green building technology leadership. The staff’s unusual level of hands-on experience ranges from boat building to furniture making, contributing to its reputation for commitment to craft, detailing and design integrity.

Geneva House, an Example of Parabuilding.

The Geneva  House, a recently completed addition and remodel to an historic Boulder home that fosters a dialogue between old and new is featured on Archzine. Our client was inspired by an article he encountered at an Urban Land Institute conference about “parabuilding” a term coined to describe the hybrid development of modern design and historic structures.  We’ve completed such work for years without a term for it.  The Urban Land Institute’s article is an interesting read and gives credence to our belief that a contrast between old and new is the most authentic approach to work on historic structures, keeping within the US Secretary of the Interior’s standards for working on landmark buildings.

Syncline House Featured in Online Blogs

The Syncline House, a modern, LEED gold design, is picked up by several of our favorite blogs:

The Contemporist

Modern Architecture & Design News


These are just a few, it appears to have gone a bit viral.

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