Tomecek Studio Architecture does more than just design a home; their vision is to design an overall experience that positively impacts the lives of those who use the home. Client + Architect + Task + Place.
Brad Tomecek, founder and owner of Tomecek Studio Architecture, approaches building in a different way. His boutique design firm operates on the progressive edge of its field, while fundamentally concerned with issues of space, light and texture, it’s underpinned by an exploration of “how to build.” In order to provide creative solutions to specific circumstances, it employs research-driven processes that yield efficient and unique solutions—believing quality is the ultimate measure of value.
“We’re more academic than most firms,” says Tomecek, who is no newbie to the world of architecture. For over a decade, he was co-owner and co-founder of Studio H:T before he launched Tomecek Studio Architecture in 2013. He’s also been on the board of directors for AIA Colorado North and AIA Colorado Denver and currently lectures at University of Colorado Denver.
Tomecek says, “Construction technology is hundreds of years old, and while other industries have rapidly adopted new fabrication technologies, the fields of architecture and construction have been averse to exploring similar possibilities. In our own small rebellion, we have explored modular prefabrication with shipping containers and wood-frame boxes, panelized prefabrication with Structural Insulated Panels and German eco-panels, and are currently reviewing opportunities to utilize cross laminated timber panels in construction.”
The firm also leans heavily on the systems side and openly admits to obsessing about the different natural elements that come into play with how a building will function.
“In theory, if you know the answers to how the wind, sun and weather work, the houses almost design themselves … almost,” says Tomecek.
With invigorating energy and zeal, the studio visually captures the essence of what clients’ desire, devises a plan and then constructs it using a variety of methods. Most clients want one-of-a-kind, creative structures either commercial or residential. Some projects involve introducing high quality design to a prefabricated factory setting.
“One house concept can be based completely on light, while another could be based more on technology,” says Tomecek. “Prefabrication is only a small fraction of our work.”
Tomecek Studio Architecture’s approach to prefabrication is one of the many tools it utilizes under the right circumstances, the goal being to marry architecture and design to a manufacturing process in hopes of producing a unique project within an efficient time schedule and effective budget.
“In the world, we manufacture tons of things, but housing has never really caught on,” says Tomecek. “You need someone overseeing it with a designer’s eye. It’s about balancing both manufacturing and design worlds.”
A unique 40-foot-wide property, this stunning residence blurs the distinction between interior and exterior space. It also focuses a significant amount of attention to the Flatirons. Constructed with a sophisticated German prefabrication system, the Alpine Residence was planned in the technological realm and approached with a strong eye for high-end, high-quality German design. The insulation values were almost twice the American standard. Window values were also way ahead of their time. The house was designed to the LEED Platinum standard. Panels were crafted in Germany and then shipped to Boulder; the whole house was erected within 10 working days.
“The humble transparent entry elevation is based on a series of north-south solid walls that are connected with storefront glass. This experience unfolds moving through the residence until the occupant is hovering on a deck three stories above the rear yard – ‘floating’ in the trees,” says Tomecek.
Since you’re building large elements of a pre-fabricated house under a roof and it’s not susceptible to weather, projects don’t endure typical weather delays. There is also considerably less waste with prefabricated homes, which is great for the environment.
Tomecek adds, “It’s really about looking at how me might build better and for the future.”
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