Swell house by Studio ST Architects, A sustainable affordable house addition

Swell House

with Z-A Studio
Single Family House
Highland Park, New Jersey

The swell house celebrates forms created from the combination of old and new, resisting American suburban trends. The clients needed to accommodate a growing family and a decision was made to build a new second floor on the old house. Wrapping the old and new spaces with clapboard, flexible yet rigid in appearance, the parts meld into a whole-the new curves supported by the older straight lines. Adding to the house also kept demolition to a minimum. In long-term efforts to reduce waist, the windows are carefully placed to minimize energy consumption and a double skin maintains the indoor temperature by natural ventilation between the two skins in summer or adding insulation in the winter time.

Architectural Record, “Best Unbuilt House”
Winner, 2008