512 House

512 House

Traction Architecture
Tampa, Florida, USA | View Map
Année du projet
Maisons privées
Seamus Payne
Fiche technique du produit

ÉlémentMarqueProduct Name
Light FixtureApparatus
Windows and Sliding Glass DoorsFleetwood Windows & Doors
TileHeath Ceramics
Light FixtureRich Brilliant Willing

Fiche technique du produit
by Kalwall
Light Fixture
Windows and Sliding Glass Doors
Light Fixture

512 House

Traction Architecture en tant que Architectes.

Situated on a narrow lot overlooking Seddon Channel and the port of Tampa, the 512 House fronts a bustle of multi-modal activity. The house weaves its rich surroundings in and out of its spaces, its design both a reflection of its dynamic site and a portal through which to experience it.


The building’s pared down gable form echoes the pure geometries of the cylindrical silos and boxy warehouses across the channel. On the porches, aluminum tube decking and railings made of stainless steel netting evoke the intricate mechanics of machinery while providing sturdy yet transparent surfaces. Exposed concrete columns and beams anchor the building to the ground and lift livable spaces above the flood elevation. The entry door is powder-coated green and reflects dancing patterns of sun and water, imbuing a lightness to an otherwise solid material.

The simplicity of the home’s exterior shape belies a more complex sequence of stacked and interlocking spaces on the interior. Strategically placed double height volumes reveal the split-level section and create a diversity of experiences within a modest footprint. A wide-open living space spanning the length of the structure is defined by porches at each end that buffer between the private space of the residence and the active street and waterscape just outside. On either side of the living space, a wall of glass panels slides open to catch breezes from the channel and allow for passive ventilation throughout the year. 

Folded steel plates form a switchback staircase that connects each level of the home. On the second floor, the steel reappears as a bridge across the open dining area, where a large North facing skylight illuminates two levels of space with indirect natural light. In the study, built-in walnut cabinetry transitions from a desk, to shelving, to a window seat that is accessed from the hallway a half level above. The gable-shaped metal roof is expressed on the interior as a sloped wood ceiling that evokes the inside of a ship’s hull and creates intimate spaces on the second floor that provide moments of respite amidst the busy surroundings. 


Material Used:

1. Skylight- Kalwall

2. Windows and Sliding Glass Doors - Fleetwood

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