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 to produce 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.”
32ND STREET MODULAR
The modular home was conceived as two boxes that slide above one another to create outdoor living space and a lower covered rear entry. Keeping in line with utilizing natural elements, the house’s passive solar design brings in plenty of light from the south while minimizing openings to the east and west. Both time and cost were saved with factory construction built just north of Denver. Eighty percent of the residence was completed in the factory in less than three weeks and other items were finished on site, including the exterior stucco, garage, metal railing and stair. Upgraded lighting fixtures, plumbing fixtures, doors, door hardware, windows, tile and bamboo flooring were incorporated into the design. It also earned a LEED-Home Pilot certification.
Tomecek says, “Stack-Slide-Stitch describes the conceptual process of how to tie together two distinct modular boxes. Stack refers to setting one modular directly on top of the other. Slide refers to the action that creates an upper southern deck area while simultaneously providing a covered rear entry area. The stitching or interlocking occurs with the upward extension of the lower volume with the front deck walls and with the rear, two-story vertical.”
3222 Tejon Street, Studio C