The Meyer Residence

By Rahul Ghera | Nov 12, 2015

RISD’s very own Graduate Program Director and principal of Studio Luz, Hansy Better Barraza, recently earned The American Architecture Award for 2015, for The Meyer Residence. Awarded by the Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies. This prestigious award exists to recognize individuals for design excellence and the leading innovations in regards to contemporary American architecture.

“Every one of the sixty winning buildings illustrate why great architecture is so valuable. It has the power to delight, inspire and comfort us at all stages of our lives; to improve humanity’s potential, to provide our cities with decent homes and affordable alternatives, and to create a sensitive and uplifting urban and rural environment that immeasurably improves the lives and well-being of all those who encounter them.”

The Meyer Residence, 1,800-square-foot home stands out from the rest for its innovative design methods focused on reducing its carbon footprint. With highly efficient insulation systems in place, the house nearly meets passive-heating standards. Apart from the “supergreen” installations, the aesthetic and character are quite beautiful in terms of the materiality and layout of the house. Perforated metal stairs cut through the house, dividing programmatic areas while simultaneously acting as a light well, bringing down light and allowing better air flow.

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Spring 2017 Events

  • February 23, 6:30 PM Brett Schneider, Guy Nordenson and Associates & RISD Architecture
  • March 2, 6:30 PM at RISD Auditorium Petra Blaisse, Inside Outside, Hosted with INTAR, Textiles, RISD Museum
  • February 27, 6:30 PM Jeanette Kuo, Karamuk*Kuo
  • March 13, 6:30 PM Allan Wexler, Allan Wexler Studio, Hosted with ID
  • March 16, 6:30 PM Jarrett Walker, Jarrett Walker + Associates
  • April 3, 6:30 PM Kunle Adeyemi, NLÉ, Yoder Lecture
  • April 24, 6:30 PM Nader & Katie Faulkner, NADAAA, Shoemaker Lecture
  • May 11, 6:30 PM Shumi Bose, Central Saint Martins & Architectural Association

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