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The design team behind the IT HOUSE is the critically acclaimed Los Angeles based design studio Taalman Koch Architecture led by California architect Linda Taalman Koch.
Taalman Koch’s architectural vision for the IT HOUSE emerges out of the experience of creating architectural spaces for contemporary art spaces and working with highly visual clients and collaborators. The IT HOUSE is about creating living spaces that enable us to be directly tuned into our environment.
The luxury holiday home is located in Pioneertown, California, US. This stylish two-bedroom, one-bathroom home is surrounded by a vast rocky landscape and was originally designed in 2007.
Artists Sarah Morris and Liam Gillick custom designed the graphic outfit for the off-grid itHouse.
The IT HOUSE is a customizable house made of high quality sustainable materials that are manufactured with precision off-site and rapidly assembled on site.
The IT HOUSE functions as a highly refined structure for enhancing the visual and physical relationship to the natural environment. The juxtaposition of glass walls with solid panel walls and partitions sets up a visually dynamic and flexible framework that enhances the everyday experience with the surrounding landscape and allows for multiple layers of privacy throughout the space.
The IT HOUSE can be completely off-grid, generating its own heating and energy reinforcing the goal of achieving a minimal building footprint. Energy efficiency is achieved in the IT House through passive heating and cooling, utilizing site orientation and cross ventilation, radiant floor heating, hi-efficacy appliances & equipment and the use of solar photovoltaic & thermal panels.
Given the lightness and simplicity of the IT HOUSE, it can be built on remote difficult sites. The construction process leaves almost no traces on the landscape, and allows natural features to be preserved.
The IT HOUSE Component Package combines materials and technology that are visually compatible and clip together with simple details. As the elements of the house are components they are extremely pliable and can create a wide range of floor plans to suit any site and client.
The essential components of the IT HOUSE are the flexible aluminum frame, both for structure and wall framing, an acoustical steel deck roof, aluminum framed glazing system primarily consisting of large sliding doors, panelized enclosure system, and built in cabinetry. The framing system can be used to easily create fully or lightly enclosed spaces, exterior courtyards or screened in porches.
All of the components are fabricated and finished off site and assembled on site using minimal tools – there is no welding, all connections are bolted.
The post and beam framing and structural decking of the IT HOUSE generates a flexible open plan that is free from the need of bearing walls, and can easily integrate with cabinetry and a wide range of finishes. Primary panel materials are fiber cement board, 3form resin panels, and solid wood thin paneling.
The basic Component Package starts as a 2 bedroom, 1 bath, double courtyard IT HOUSE at 1,200sf. The IT HOUSE Component Package includes all the prefabricated and modular parts needed to build the basic shell and interior of the IT HOUSE.