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Faulkner Residence

The Story of an Architect, his Wife and their Mistress (a vintage Porsche racercar, relax!)

Architects are notorious. How do you design for yourself? We are trained to solve problems for clients. It’s a profession that allows us to wear many hats; that of a researcher, a psychologist, an analyst and mostly a creative force. Psychotherapists acknowledge that self reflection is one of the most difficult tasks.

A Collaboration…

The project is a new 1,800 square foot residence and 900 square foot detached garage for Marsha, Jason and their powder blue vintage Porsche. The main residence is a two story structure with living above and sleeping below. The detached garage includes a workshop for the car, a carport for covered parking and a design studio.

The site is a triangular plot of land with its northeast corner bordering a small community lake. The house is situated to provide views to the lake from the second story deck. The garage is located to the east of the main house and creates a gravel court between the structures.

Project Team: Jason Faulkner, Marsha Faulkner, Robert Blatter

Winston Family YMCA

Personal experience of Robert Blatter, AIA, while employed at Gresham Smith + Partners

The project consisted of a 8,500 square foot renovation and addition to the existing Winston Family YMCA in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, near Jacksonville.  The existing exercise and general fitness program spaces were renovated with the addition being a childcare area (shown in foreground).

The project team included Jason Faulkner, AIA.

Brooks Family YMCA

Personal experience of Robert Blatter, AIA, while employed at Gresham Smith + Partners

The Brooks Rehabilitation and Fitness Center is a 60,000 square foot facility located on 8.5 acres in the Southpoint Business Park area of Jacksonville bordering J. Turner Butler Boulevard.

The project program includes three separate fitness areas, a full service spa, an indoor basketball court, rehabilitation pools and an indoor Olympic swimming pool. The primary construction materials are a combination of concrete tilt-panels and concrete masonry with built up and metal standing seam roofing.

The facility was recently donated to YMCA of Florida’s First Coast. The primary elements of the facility remain intact except for the spa being changed to childcare.

Project team included Jason Faulkner, AIA, Karie Kovacocy, Jim Frey and Leigh Gunn

Barco-Newton Family YMCA

Personal experience of Robert Blatter, AIA, while employed at Gresham Smith + Partners.

The design strategy was to focus the surrounding community into what the facility offers: energy, athletics and a family oriented facility. The butterfly roof of the main axis attempts to gather light, and in turn, the surrounding community. The mainly concrete tilt panel structure is broken by metal panel clad program elements that break down the long facade and mimic formal residential imagery.

The project is a new 36,000 sq ft facility in a residential community named Fleming Island Plantation in Orange Park, Florida. The facility is located along Town Center Drive which is the developments’ main boulevard.

The site is bordered to the south, east and west by residential communities and a large lake to the north. The building is oriented to take advantage of the northern exposure and views to the lake while the pool and playground areas display the facility activities to the residents along Town Center Drive. A large canopy marks the building entry and directs occupants to the reception point. The entry canopy functions to draw light into the building core through clerestory windows.

Profiles of architectural team members participating in athletic activities were abstracted, scaled up and used as relief on the tilt-panels to provide character on the gymnasium facade.

Project team included Jason Faulkner, AIA, Karie Kovacocy, Jim Frey and Leigh Gunn

Umbilical | Artist Studio

Independent Competition for Andes Sprouts Society

The competitions program was for the design and construction of (3) transient sustainable studios for resident artists: prototype. The artists are engaged in developing media art projects over multiple seasons.

“We cultivate the land and are provided sustenance in return…”

The umbilical design stems from our research into the means and mechanics of farming, the natural cycles of feeding off the land and our previous living structure investigations. Initially a salvage venture, the center pivot irrigation rigging provided a literal support construct for the main studio. The wheeled stanchion was removed and serves as a movable base. To this are grafted the studio housing, an outside deck and greywater storage. We envisioned the housing module as a 10′ x 20′ shipping container or using local salvage for stick framing; as such, the design accounts for either situation.

The projects placenta, an insulation and fiberglass module, is attached to the housing module and supplies remote services when required. This umbilical links the three modular units together sharing water, power and centralizing removal of black water.

The 268 square foot structure is energy self sufficient, relocatable and low maintenance. The materials, a large portion of which are salvage from other local projects, include plywood, standard dimensional lumber, fiberglass, insulation, metal roof panels and schedule 40-pipe. The material cost for each unit is estimated at $8720 and takes into account salvaged material and all labor being donated.

The site is located in the Catskill Mountain region of Delaware County in New York. The local topography includes a pond, meadows and an adjacent pine forest. Being a mountain region, the weather changes rapidly.