Both visually and functionally, Edgeland Residence touches on architecture as site specific art installation and as an extension of the landscape. Located on a rehabilitated brownfield site the ‘Edgeland Residence‘ designed by Bercy Chen Studio is a modern re-interpretation of one of the oldest housing typologies in North America, the Native American Pit House. The Pit House, typically sunken, takes advantage of the earth’s mass to maintain thermal comfort throughout the year.
Edgeland Residence is about healing the land and ameliorating the scars of the site’s industrial past. The project raises awareness about a diminishing natural landscape and its finite resources by creating a balance between the surrounding industrial zone and the natural river residing on opposite side of the site. Most of all this project is proof that sustainability and exceptional design can deliver the perfect aesthetic.
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