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Buzz Lofts

p r o j e c t  Buzz

Lofts, Dallas

Buzz Lofts, a live/work residential building designed by

c l i e n t  Dallas


t. howard + associates, is sited on an urban block near

a r c h i t e c t  t.

downtown Dallas. Sustainable, modern, and artistic

howard + associates/Parmadesign

d e s i g n t e a m   Kevin

Parma, AIA ; Todd Howard, AIA ; Michael

describe the design concept for the three-story building that rests above ground-floor parking. The 49,500-sf

Staten, AIA c o n t r a c t o r  KWA

building features minimal interiors, natural ventilation,

Construction Engineering (structural); Lwanda & Com-

extended overhangs, water reclamation, and sustainable

pany (MEP); Macatee Engineering (civil); Hocker Design Group

materials. The structure’s V-shaped roof cantilevers to


maximize shade, while directing rainwater to irrigation

c o n s u l t a n t s   McHale

p h o t o g r a p h e r  Jay

cisterns. Residences open onto a shared, naturally venti-


lated breezeway, and private balconies are accessed by architectural metal work :

operable overhead doors. Sustainable concepts include

pre - fabricated wood joists and trusses :

bamboo flooring, xeriscaped plantings, cementitious

r e s o u r c e s metal materials :

Change Chamber Studio; Stark Truss Company;

Excel Steel;

siding :

James Hardie Building Products;

siding, reflective single-ply roofing, and wind-powered

membrane roofing : Mule-Hide Products; wood doors : BMC Select; metal

energy. An electric scooter is provided to each unit for

windows : Atrium Windows & Doors – Texas; tub and shower enclosures :

transportation to nearby activities.

RE Watson & Associates; casework :


kitchen and bath cabinets , manufactured

IKEA; kitchen appliances : GE Appliances; trash chute : B&W

N o e l l e

H e i n z e

Sales; lighting : Lights Fantastic; water submeters : Hocutt; fire alarms : Double D Fire; wiring :

9 / 1 0

access control :

Entry Technologies;

phone and cable

Newtek Enterprises

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t e x a s

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Texas Architect Sept/Oct 2010: Design Awards