Textual content description offered by the architects. On this challenge, I renovated an house for a younger couple and their new child youngster. I used to be concerned from the stage of choosing the property, and ultimately, the shoppers settled on an house with a novel format: compared to 70 sq. meters of indoor house, there was a 35 sq. meter yard. The constructing is positioned in a so-called “commuter city,” and its surrounding space is dotted by parks, massive and small. For a pair about to start elevating a toddler, these environmental elements performed an necessary function of their selection.
In planning the house, it appeared to me that its pre-existing format—three rooms, a lounge, and a kitchen—would solely pressure the shoppers into mounted habits. I felt that for a household embarking on the journey of parenthood, such a format would solely restrict their future potentialities. As a substitute, I assumed it might be necessary for the house to flexibly settle for the adjustments that might inevitably happen within the shoppers’ personal lives. Considering the big yard and the various parks a fast stroll away, I arrived on the idea of this dwelling as a “house floor.” In different phrases, it might incorporate the performance and openness of a park.
A park is an area with a sure looseness to it. Mother and father watch over youngsters, who can play on slides and swings (this can be a park’s performance) or run throughout its grounds (that is its openness). Taking the interaction between performance and openness as the essential precept by which to plan the house, I eliminated the partitions between rooms, turning all the house into a big studio. Inside this flat house, I fastidiously balanced mounted, useful parts like plumbing, furnishings, and a walk-in closet with openness round them, aiming to create an area with none inner hierarchies.
Numerous parts inside the home combine “performance” and “openness” with out deciding on both time period. For instance, the exact features of a considerably extensive hall working behind a countertop or of tiles that run up a wall aren’t fully clear. They’re, as a substitute, parts that sit in an summary house between performance and openness. I wished to go away room for the shoppers to think about their very own methods of utilizing the house and to develop them over time as their each day routines evolve.
At first, the yard didn’t really feel so comfy, as its comparatively low fence meant that neighbors and folks strolling by may simply peer in. Positioning a mesh boundary simply inside this current fence gently filtered this threshold between inside and outdoors and gave the shoppers the sensation of being at house of their outside house. By way of this challenge, I got here to really feel the significance of fostering the expansion of a household along with its house. Such intertwining can’t happen right away, as if in a flash. As a substitute, it have to be nurtured over time, and a residing house can mediate the numerous temporalities of progress. I look ahead to observing this household over time as they transfer between performance and openness, and discover their very own methods of enjoying in and on their very own house floor.