is a San Francisco based design studio founded by Peter Strzebniok, formerly with Rem Koolhaas and Daniel Libeskind.
We are interested in all levels of design and strive to maintain a wide variety of different project types in order to bring an innovative and unique design approach to each new project.
is a San Francisco based design office that was founded in 2002 by Peter Strzebniok who originally came to San Francisco as a project architect for Daniel Libeskind to work on the Jewish Museum San Francisco. After years of work for renowned architects such as Rem Koolhaas and Daniel Libeskind, he decided to go out on his own by collaborating with a number of friends on various projects which eventually evolved into the forming of his own practice. Those collaborations also established the concept of nottoscale as a framework of designers that - based on their qualifications and on the project requirements - work together on various projects as needed, thereby being able to provide the best possible services for a wide variety of clients and project types.
Based on our different backgrounds and accumulated professional experience on a variety of projects and in all project phases, we can ensure a smooth delivery both regarding schedule and budget, while providing consistently unique design solutions.
architecture + interior design
148 Townsend Street
2nd floor, suite #01
San Francisco, CA 94107
Peter Strzebniok 415.368.5168
SECCA - Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, North Carolina / 2003
The Home House Project
Traveling Exhibit - Baltimore, Asheville, El Paso Museum of Art, Weisman Museum - Minneapolis, Museum of Design - Atlanta / 2004-2005
The Home House Project
National Building Museum, Washington DC / 2004
Affordable Housing - Designing an American Asset
American Institute of Architects, San Francisco Chapter Gallery / 2005
Made Modular exhibit
Clear is a new typology of an optometry lounge that combines the full width of optometric services with a yogurt/tea bar, expanding on the meaning of clear as a lifestyle rather than just a product. The store is located on Third Ave. in downtown San Mateo.
The ground floor level measures 22'-6" x 76'-6" feet and is divided in 3 main areas, the yogurt/tea bar, the display and sale section as well as the optometry service area that are connected by a series of architectural elements that run the entire depth of the store and that at the same time are emphasizing the unique proportions of the space. The partial second floor measures 22'-6" x 35'-0" feet and is occupied by further offices and examination rooms.
Display niches run the entire length of the space on both sides, while long linear custom designed tables and round custom light fixtures further dramatize the long and high space.
All aspects of the store, from the millwork and the built in furniture to the graphic identity, were custom designed by nottoscale in order to create a cohesive space in which every detail of the project complements the overall concept.
Completion date July 2008
The Castro-Moon residence is a third story addition to an existing house for a young and growing family that needs to add space to their small and inefficient house in the Inner Sunset.
The upgrade of the house includes an additional third story that follows the footprint of the existing building as well as a new fašade, an enlarged sunroom in the backyard and several minor changes to the existing interior layout.
The new design separates the public and the private areas of the house, providing a larger and more open public/entertainment area that now directly opens up to the backyard and a private new upper floor with 3 bedrooms and 3 baths that takes full advantage of the existing views to both sides of the building and that includes a "sky-court" which provides light and ventilation to the otherwise dark central area of the floor-plate.
In order to minimize energy consumption as well as the carbon footprint of the building an energy efficient radiant heating system is being used throughout the building while natural ventilation, solar access as well as a solar water heating system is being maximized. Sustainable materials will be used throughout.
The project is currently on hold.
The Hudson Bay Restaurant is a 34 seat restaurant on College Avenue, one of Oakland's, CA, prime commercial and retail districts.
Within the existing long and narrow shell, a series of interlocking spaces connect the three main areas of the restaurant; kitchen, bar and dining area, while establishing clearly definable zones that separate and tie the entire space together.
The material and color palette is simple yet warm, providing for a comfortable and modern experience. Square custom lights placed at various heights over the dining tables, in combination with a dramatic dropped soffit over the bar area simultaneously accentuate the existing tall ceiling height, while adjusting the scale of the space to a human level. The wood flooring wraps up the walls and meanders at various heights along the walls, visually and physically tying the entire space together.
Nottoscale created a comprehensive design vision, integrating the functional requirements of the restaurant - including space and kitchen planning - with the overall interior design and the material palette as well as custom designing all the built-in cabinetry and pendant light fixtures in order to achieve a unique and harmonious dining experience throughout.
The restaurant is currently under construction and is scheduled to be completed by October 2008.
The Rondolino residence is based on the Modulome, the prefabricated, modular housing system first designed by nottoscale in 2002.
Located on a 40-acre site in the desert more than 100 miles north of Las Vegas, Nevada, the property is framed by mountains to the north and Death Valley to the west. While isolation is much of the beauty of the property, this remoteness, together with a limited construction budget of $200,000 US, makes prefabrication for this structure almost a necessity. Prefabricating major building elements and systems elsewhere minimizes staff time onsite for staging, assembling and finishing, which ultimately keeps costs down.
Since the client lives in Rome, Italy, the entire pre-design and building process is managed by nottoscale, literally providing a "turn-key" home.
Also due to its remote location, the home will be completely independent from traditional public amenities and services, offering an opportunity to integrate sustainable building systems, design and materials, such as passive solar design, natural ventilation and other alternative renewable energy sources.
The completion date is estimated to be in November 2008
Kelly Ishida Sloan
360 Post is the design for Dr. Thomas Bridges' new dental suite at 360 Post Street in San Francisco. The design creates an expansive sense of space and volume from a limited floor plan through the integration and layering of program, light and innovative materials of varying translucencies. The design draws natural light from existing floor to ceiling windows deep into the space and defines areas without enclosing rooms by utilizing 'L-shaped' plan components (translucent walls, cabinets and built-in seating). Wall dividers made of fiberglass and aluminum composite panels provide privacy while allowing light to filter through. The space is completed by wrapping the rear and side-walls with a manufactured wallpaper - wood veneer engineered to simulate Nigerian Ebony.
All aspects of the office, from the millwork and the built-in furniture to light fixtures and equipment supports, were custom designed by nottoscale, creating a harmonious space in which every detail of the project complements the overall concept.
Kelly Ishida Sloan
230 California is a tenant improvement for the California Center for Aesthetic Dentistry office suite at 230 California Street in San Francisco.
The design introduces a system of transparent dividers - soft fabric curtains and rigid translucent panels - that create spatial and acoustical separations within the formerly open work area. This layered system, when combined and overlapped, modulates the level of opaqueness and privacy as required for patient care.
Strategic modifications of the existing space like applying translucent film to the windows and adjusting the color scheme of the suite ensure the coherence of the new design intervention with the existing office.
Kelly Ishida Sloan
The Modulome is a prefabricated, modular housing system that incorporates basic production principles from the automobile industry into architecture, providing flexible and affordable housing solutions for different income levels, site requirements and owner preferences.
All major components of the Modulome are prefabricated at the factory. The main difference from automobile production is that the individual parts are assembled onsite at the final location, allowing the building to respond directly to context and owner specifications. The core of the Modulome is a pre-fabricated, pre-assembled and pre-finished steel chassis that measures 16'x48'x10', and which can be trucked to the site as a single unit. The building chassis is made of square steel tube members that have predrilled holes in them that all other building elements attach to via screws and bolts. Structurally the chassis is a pre-engineered moment-frame that can be stacked or combined with one another in any possible way.
All building parts of the Modulome, from the wall panels to the kitchen and the bathroom units, are based on a 2'-0' building module and can be arranged within the building chassis to form - based on the owner's requirements and preferences - many different spatial configurations.
At the site, the chassis is mounted onto site specific columns on point foundations. Once the chassis is in place, the floor and the roof assembly as well as the exterior wall panels and interior building units are attached to the frame. The prefabricated wall panels come in three different widths that are based on a 2'-0' building module. The panels can be fabricated in a variety of materials, colors and textures, allowing for easy customization.
As the panels and other building elements are not permanently attached, they can easily be exchanged at a later time, allowing for the building to change and evolve based on the changing needs of the owner.
The Modulome is flexible enough to adapt to different environments, climates and to a multitude of its owner's aesthetic and functional preferences. Because of its modular nature, the Modulome allows for a large variety of different spatial configurations of the main chassis, responding to programmatic and site-specific demands.
Single standing developments, re-densifications of existing neighborhoods or a variety of more urban configurations can be easily created by arranging units in a multitude of ways. The shown site plan uses a hypothetical lot, arranging different building configurations in a way that creates a variety of spaces with different densities, providing common green spaces that could be shared by all inhabitants. The different housing types; single standing, duplex, stacked, courtyard house and others, emphasize spatial and social diversity by providing housing for different family configurations and sizes as well as for a multitude of different income groups.
The prefabricated wall panels come in three different widths that are based on a 2'-0' building module and that can be individually arranged according to site and owner specifications. The panels can be fabricated in a variety of different materials, colors and textures, allowing for easy customization. Shown here is the plastic panel variation in a suburban setting.
The prefabricated wall panels come in three different widths that are based on a 2'-0' building module and that can be individually arranged according to site and owner specifications. The panels can be fabricated in a variety of different materials, colors and textures, allowing for easy customization. Shown here is the plastic panel variation.
The interior of the Modulome is based on a 2'-0' building module, enabling various spatial configurations to suit the owner's needs and preferences. The typical floor plan is open in nature, creating an expansive sense of space and volume. More private aspects like the bathroom, bedroom and closet are situated in enclosed 'building blocks' that also organize the space.
Different accessories and design options are available, allowing for easy modification of the main building chassis. Some examples include a breakfast nook that can be added to the side of the frame, a sliding door element or a carport which can be created simply by raising the chassis to a height of about 7'-6' above the ground.
Recognizing the limited nature of natural resources, the Modulome is designed to minimize its impact on its location. The efficient floor plan and the plan of the base unit allows for more open space per typical building lot than the average single family home. The raised chassis provides a crawlspace and eliminates the need for large foundation excavations, leaving the ground underneath the house almost untouched. The building's modular prefabrication process also limits the amount of waste common to typical suburban type developments while providing a quality control standard to the fabrication and construction phase of the building process.
City Block - Building Block was a concept for the San Francisco Prize Octavia Boulevard Housing Design Competition. The urban texture of San Francisco is largely influenced by the homogeneous nature of its city grid. Hayes Valley's grid structure is marked by occasional scars, which disrupt the homogeneity of the urban structure while also revealing the history or the geology of the place. Those scars of the past now hold the potential to become the expressions of the present, revealing the geology of the city and helping to create a diverse and multilayered, or living, city.
This problematic past and its resulting diversity however, is exactly what makes this neighborhood so diverse, vibrant and interesting; Its little nooks and crannies, its alleys that come to life on warm summer days, the ever changing flux of stores that are everything but traditional and even the scars that old city planning sins left behind. All of those things helped make Hayes Valley what it is today - one of the most attractive and interesting neighborhoods of the city. We want to preserve this diversity and use it as a concept to develop an architectural language that incorporates the existing without copying it; reflecting the past, incorporating the present and thereby creating the future.
We are using the image of a non-specific city block as an example for the built structure of the city, using the image as a graphic design guideline to develop the floor plan as well as the elevations for a system that reflects the geology or history of the city on a macro as well as a micro scale. The solid or the main structure represents the city block, the existing structure and the city. The cavities in the solid block stand for the urban change and growth, becoming the parts that will be filled with new meaning and functions - giving the area as well as the building a diversity of functions as well as a unique and contemporary architectural expression. As the overall concept is site un-specific, it can easily be adapted to different configurations and sites, becoming an extended design guideline for the whole development of the Octavia Boulevard.
The High Line
This is a design proposal for the High Line competition in New York. City sediments are physical and atmospheric layers that were created by historical and functional aspects of the city, shaping its form and character. These layers, similar to geological sediments, change over time, developing slowly out of the fragments of the present, settling over parts of the old while forming the new. Since the High Line's construction in the 1930's, the city continued to develop around it, creating a canyon that is cutting through the west side of Manhattan. This urban void offers unique opportunities to experience and visualize the layering and growth of the city. We propose creating a structure which shapes and allows the experience of urban sedimentation through the layering of three fundamental programmatic settings of a city; public, residential and commercial space. These three main functions of the city are layered on top of the entire length of the abandoned train line, thereby transforming negative, non-developed space above the High Line into positive space that represents and exposes the sediments of the city. This multi-level structure bridges and interconnects neighborhoods while offering a new vantage point of the city. The elevated structure responds in expression and function to its immediate context, thus representing a longitudinal slice of the city, a sliver of urban sediment. The layers are connected to each other and the city through a series of ramps and catwalks, allowing for vertical and horizontal circulation on and between all levels.
Secca - Log Cabin
The Log Cabin House was the second entry into the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art Home House competition. It seeks to reinterpret the idea of the North American log cabin within the context of contemporary social structures and styles, creating a hybrid of indigenous and contemporary architecture that provides a sense of permanence and tradition while allowing for the flexibility associated with our contemporary society. Within the traditional gable roof structure, modern ideologies of materiality, form, sustainability and flexibility of use have been employed to span the dichotomies of traditional and contemporary living. In keeping with the typology of indigenous architecture, local and recycled materials such as old telephone poles, rail ties, reclaimed wood or remanufactured wood, are used to construct the building shell. The traditional appearance of a log cabin has been reduced to its purest profile and is built entirely of logs with an irregular fenestration system, emphasizing the dichotomy of the dwelling.
The peppermills were designed for the Ciudad restaurant in downtown LA while Peter worked for the office of Josh Schweitzer. All design aspects of the restaurant - from the architecture, furniture, lighting, china to details such as the peppermills - were conceived by the project team, ensuring design continuity from the detail to the overall concept.
by Jonathan Bell
Article on prefabricated housing and new housing systems that make modernist architecture affordable for the masses, possibly re-introducing contemporary design into the ever-growing suburbs.
by Sarah Hart
Article on prefabricated housing and its potential as a speculative builder's tool, explaining prefabricated architecture, its production and showcasing some prefab projects, amongst them the Modulome.
Home House Project
The Home House Project
by David J. Brown
Book documenting the Home House competition sponsored by the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in which the Modulome was given one of the 25 awards of merit.
Harper Design Int.
by Jill Herbers
Book about prefabricated architecture in the United States, detailing the variety of currently available prefab systems and outlining the historical origins of Prefab.
Toronto Globe and Mail
Building modernism on a
by Lisa Rochon
Article on prefabricated housing system by Kohn Snier Architects and Royal Homes in Canada with mention of the Modulome project.
KCAL9 TV Segment
by Kimberley Mackie
Television segment on KCAL9 in Los Angeles about prefabricated architecture with interview of Jennifer Siegal and repeated display of the Modulome.