Constructed around an extruded aluminum tubing frame with in-fill panels, Hertz’s sleek two-story design features mechanical connections between the prefabricated modules, making it even easier to grow, shape, and customize the exterior. Hertz takes the LivingHomes concept literally in his design, creating a house that mimics nature in many ways. Designed as a living system, the LivingHomes DH1 is comprised of a kit of parts, or plug and play pieces, that make it expandable and adaptable to automatically respond to changes in the homeowner’s needs. Ranging in size from 2,200 sf to 2,600 sf, the L-shaped home embraces a semi-private courtyard and features raised ceilings, a series of balconies, open living spaces, a rooftop garden, up to four bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms, and 2 three-quarter bathrooms. As with all LivingHomes products, customers will be able to choose from an array of sustainable systems and finishes, reducing the home’s ecological footprint. Designed as move-up or second-homes, the Hertz LivingHomes cost approximately $215/sf, excluding foundation, transportation and installation.
“Having studied architecture at the Sci-ARC during the last energy crisis, I have always had a deep interest in environmental design,” explains David Hertz, Founder and Principal of Syndesis Inc. and David Hertz Architects. “With my background in product and material manufacturing, I see my collaboration with LivingHomes as a natural evolution and the perfect outlet for my interests. I’m also honored to be included in the LivingHomes lineage of architects, in the company of my mentor and teacher, Ray Kappe.”