Turnagain Beach House

Turnagain Beach House

Anchorage, USA, 2013
13. January 2014
Turnagain Beach House
2013
Anchorage, Alaska

Client
Pfeffer Family
 
Architect
kpb architects

Design Principal
Andrew J. Weiss

Project Manager
Jeff Koonce

Structural Engineer
Michael Fierro, PE

Landscape Architect
Northwest Landscaping, Bud Hooker

Interior Designer
Alisha Weiss

Contractor
Dawson Development

Photographs
Kevin Smith Photography

Drawings
kpb architects
All states are at the mercy of natural elements to some degree, but none as much as Alaska, the 49th state and the only one entirely north of the 49th parallel, which forms the U.S. border with Canada. The harsh and sometimes dramatic effects of Mother Nature were the inspiration for kpb architects' Turnagain Beach House. Specifically it was the hypothetical scattering of elements from the very-real 1964 Great Alaska Earthquake. The architects supplied us with the following text and images.
South Facade
Located on the landslide area left by the 1964 Great Alaska Earthquake, we approached the site with this historic event in mind. A substantial portion of the original 1950’s neighborhood slid into Cook Inlet when the bluff failed. Afterwards the area was spotted with the remains of homes sitting askew to their original orientations.
North Facade
Five portions of this house were designed conceptually as “original structures” that “made it through the slide,” found as ruins sitting awry on the site. Using these sturdy survivors as anchors, their exteriors were finished with board and batten style siding and wood ceilings commonly found around the original neighborhood. The areas between these anchors were filled, creating the body of the house.
South Garage Facade
Their exteriors finished with new, contemporary materials, reflect new beginnings. These areas provide contrast to the traditional, structural elements by illustrating a lighter, almost floating quality. The contemporary areas are theoretically seismically untested; like a house of cards, they’re relying on anchors for stability and support.
Living Room
Living and Dining Rooms
Concept Sketches
Floor Plan - Level 1
Floor Plan - Level 2
North Facade Detail
As each anchor is its own entity, the exterior finishes are continuous on all faces, bringing the historic thread indoors.  The interior was fashioned for the active family of four; room for all to play, entertain, and display their artwork. The house is situated to capture the varied paths of the Alaska sun, to frame views of Cook Inlet and the Alaska Range, and to provide privacy from the surrounding public venues. Details throughout the home and the landscaping continue the play between disarrayed and orderly.
Turnagain Beach House
2013
Anchorage, Alaska

Client
Pfeffer Family
 
Architect
kpb architects

Design Principal
Andrew J. Weiss

Project Manager
Jeff Koonce

Structural Engineer
Michael Fierro, PE

Landscape Architect
Northwest Landscaping, Bud Hooker

Interior Designer
Alisha Weiss

Contractor
Dawson Development

Photographs
Kevin Smith Photography

Drawings
kpb architects

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