Meridian Residence is an addition and alteration to the existing single-family home located in South Pasadena historical zone. Project was originally presented to the Cultural Heritage Commission in December 2019. The basic concern of the city staff was that city guidelines recommend that a second floor to a new addition be 5 feet back from the first floor, but the client and design team strongly disagreed based on aesthetics and functionality and preferred for the first and second floors to be aligned.
To convince Cultural Heritage Commission of the aesthetic qualities of the proposed design, digital design strategies were implemented. In order to better understand the geometry of the structure, existing house and proposed changes were both modeled in BIM with a great level of detail. To describe to the committee and the city staff the nature of the proposed changes, a powder-printed 3D model was presented along with the traditional drawings and renderings. This strategy proved to be effective and the project was “Approved with conditions” by the commissioners at the second hearing in January 2020.
One unified set of drawings was developed in BIM and distributed to the commissioners as design documents at the second presentation (half size, 11 x 17 size paper) and as later on, as a set of construction documents (full size, 22 x 34 size paper). This strategy proved to be time efficient and provided some savings in printing.