SPACES LANDSCAPES PROTOTYPES SIMULATION GEOMETRY ENVIRONMENTS ECOLOGIES
2018 January

Senyai project wins the 2017 LIT Design Awards in the Hotel and Restaurant Design category. LIT Design Awards was created with the belief that lighting is an art and a science, and it is one of the most important elements of design.

2017 December

Aisha Han writes about Senyai in The Tartan, Carnegie Mellon’s student newspaper.

2017 November

Senyai project wins The American Architecture Prize, read more in the CMU news article.

Flood Plane House

| Oneonta, NY | DD phase completed 2004 |

| Single Family Cabin | Proposal |

The Flood Plane House house is a proposal for a low budget weekend house in the Catskill region of upstate New York. The house is sited on a 20 acre property in the middle of a valley previously used as a pasture with views of hills and large expanses of open land. The house was designed in response to a client’s need for a comfortable small house that would meet local building codes and be suitable for an environment that periodically is subject to minor flooding and historically (every fifty years) is subject to major flooding. The proposal was developed with two alternatives for foundation: pontoons and piers. Pier-based foundation simply raises the house above the flood plane. The pontoon foundation floats the house when the water rises. They are filled with water which acts like a ballast to hold the foundation in place should strong winds occur. The ballast water is automatically released should the water level rise. The house is anchored with just enough slack so that there is only minor change in location or orientation.

Young European Architects
Wonderland Travelogue

| DESIGN PRINCIPAL: Dana Cupkova ©DCm-STUDIO | GENERAL CONTRACTOR: Spencer Crowell |