Launch Slideshow

House of Air

House of Air

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    Courtesy of Mark Horton Architecture

    A photo from the archive: bi-planes in front of the hangers at Crissy Field

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    Ethan Kaplan Photography

    The view from Crissy Field with the Golden Gate Bridge in the distance. The House of Air is home to five different trampoline areas for competitive and recreational jumping as well as ski, snowboard, and wakeboard training.

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    Front elevation with the bi-fold door open.

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    Looking into the trampoline space with the bi-fold  door open.

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    A class and evening activities at the trampoline  area.

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    Performance trampolines viewed from the ski lift lounge.

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    One of the open corridors between trampoline areas.

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    Fluorescent strip fixtures are integrated into the  blue polycarbonate wall assemblies that separate the different areas of the  facility and create visual interest to otherwise ordinary materials.

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    Looking through the party room window out to one of  the trampoline areas.

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    Mark Horton Architecture

    Site Plan.

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    Level One plan drawing.

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    Level Two plan drawing.

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    One of the catwalks between trampoline areas.

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    A snowboarder practicing on the trampoline  equipment.

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    Mark Horton Architecture

    A section through the party room pivot window  detail.

 

This former biplane hangar is being given a second chance to become airborne in its new incarnation as the House of Air. The 21,440-square-foot trampoline facility is located in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park on the historic Crissy Field landing strip. The original 1920s structure required extensive seismic upgrades, leaving little remaining budget to deal with any architectural improvements. These economic constraints challenged Mark Horton Architecture to find creative solutions for the lighting as they worked the design into the building's retrofit. By installing off-the-shelf fluorescent strip fixtures between translucent blue polycarbonate walls, the architects found an inventive and cost-effective solution to light two spaces at once with a limited palette.

The House of Air capitalizes on the lengthy spans of the hangar to house a large field trampoline, a side trampoline which doubles as a dodge-ball court, and three performance trampolines. The performance trampolines provide a training location for competitive skiers, snowboarders, and wakeboarders to practice their tricks. The facility also contains locker rooms and meeting facilities, as well as a small café and lounge, with structural-steel catwalks providing spectator vantage points.

Vertical deployment of the luminaires echoes the motion of the trampoline users and also creates a dynamic visual impact in both the main acrobatic arena and the perimeter spaces. Pivoting panels mounted in the walls allow views into the trampoline areas when open and privacy for those inside when closed. This innovative solution using materials unifies the project, and the emphasis on verticality reinforces the House of Air branding.

Jury Comments: A fun project that makes the most of limited resources. • Using the linear fluorescent lamps in a vertical position is a nice way to reinforce the activity that is taking place here—jumping. It provides a nice visual cue.