What Remains to be Seen
By : superkül
GRANDS PRIX DU DESIGN – 14e édition
Discipline : Architecture
Categories : Residential Building / Single-Family Home : Gold Certification
Establishing a harmonious relationship with its site, this home for two professionals prioritizes the display of the clients’ extensive contemporary art collection. Nestled into the soft slope of the property, the house engages with the landscape, beginning with the grey limestone steps and terraces that float above the plantings leading up to the main entry. The polished concrete floor extends through to the lushly landscaped back terrace that is constantly in view, and a sunken courtyard terrace admits an abundance of natural daylight into the basement to create a below-grade garden suite. On the top floor, an outdoor porch provides an enhanced opportunity to commune with nature through an open void in the canopy overhead, inviting contemplation of the sky and stars above.
Dramatic interior spatial qualities manifest in the vast double-height gallery atrium, naturally lit from a series of skylights forming the striking sawtooth roof profile above. This cleft, running parallel to the stairwell, connects the first and second floors, creating an intriguing sectional dynamic further enhanced by the indirect light that filters in from the three east-facing skylights, reflecting off the matte white walls down to ground level.
As a container for art, this house offers a rich experience of discovery, delight and imagination, embodying subtle architectural gestures— integrating building and landscape, sculpting space with light, and utilizing a palette of natural materials.
Architect : superkül
Engineering : Blackwell
Engineering : Bowser Technical
Landscape Architecture : Fox-Whyte Landscape Architecture
General Contractor : Bolt Developments
Photographer : Ben Rahn / A-Frame