At the nose of this vessel is an open and lofty “event” space where movies are watched, arguments erupt and meals are eaten. Architecture takes a back seat to the activity: A clerestory softly illuminates the airy space that is packed with operable cabinets to stow away the “stuff” of family life.
The dense respite areas at the keel of the house are where one can achieve mental clarity as bio- and sociological needs are left behind. Architecture then fills in where human activity stops: clerestory windows illuminate the axes where operable windows cross-ventilate air and sound, allowing the house to live and breathe with its occupants. These axes intersect beneath an oculus, where blades pull the air from under the house’s low roofline, inhaling with those living beneath it.
At the center, the threshold between these different spatial conditions is a transcendental cockpit where the family boards, beginning their journey to elsewhere.
Architectural Design: First Year
Programmatic elements of this building are not distinct from each other, they are related and interlocked. Each penetrates into the other without residual space- the library is a fastened joint. A wedge is used as an architectural device that is mirrored and reiterated throughout the entire design; it can be seen at multiple scales. The neighborhood enters the building by wedging into its base and sliding beneath it. Two main functions of the space, studying and reading, cascade against and underneath each other to create the dynamic interior. The building’s skin distorts its monumentality and brings humility to the streetscape. Along the sidewalk, the building engages with passersby and provides an outdoor living room- seating that wedges into the base of the building and introduces a human scale to the façade.