Rutz Team Wins Merit Award

“Prime Cut,” a team project led by Stephan Rutz (Critic, Architecture) won a Merit Award in the 2013 Architecture at Zero competition. Student and professional entrants were required to design a zero-net energy, mixed use, affordable residential building for the Tenderloin neighborhood in San Francisco, CA.┬áThe project team featured two RISD alums, Karl Sippel (MARCH ’13) and Jesse Honsa (BARCH ’08).

The competition “Architecture At Zero,” organized by AIA San Francisco, called for a zero-net-energy housing block for 150 apartments, and a grocery on the ground floor in the inner-city Tenderloin District of San Francisco.

The submission carefully calculated the building facade (insulation, glass, and external sunscreens) to guarantee that the building in San Francisco’s climate will never need to be heated or cooled. Solar panels on the roof and facades provide the tenants with electricity for lighting and appliances, while the waste-heat from the grocery store is recovered to supply the building’s hot water.

The competition jury noted the “inventive plan,” a consolidated single block, yet each apartment has access to 2, 3, or 4 facades to maximize natural light and cross-ventilation, further cutting down on the energy demand of the building. Each apartment is accessed via a private balcony, which also helps to regulate the temperature in the building. The entry also featured a covered farmer’s market on the ground floor.

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