The design was for a large residence for a family of three located in a quiet residential neighborhood. The two acre site is completely flat, with numerous trees, surrounded on three sides by existing houses and fronting a tree-lined street. A unique aspect of the program was consideration of the client’s bedridden son and how to accommodate his limited movement and visual capabilities. The major goals of the design were maximizing a feeling of openness with views to the exterior while maintaining privacy, and providing a stimulating and varied environment for the client’s bedridden son.
The residence is designed as a series of individual pavilions casually grouped around existing trees to provide courtyards and outdoor activity spaces. The pavilion for the son is placed to maximize his views to the exterior and views back into the adjoining pavilions to observe daily family activities. The main living pavilion is centered around a free standing adicula, which is wrapped by the foyer stair and second floor balcony. Natural light into this space is provided by skylights and dormers above. The plan is open to accommodate movement of a hospital bed and to allow display of the client’s collection of furniture and family memorabilia.