Private Residence, Boulder, CO, 2010
With no specific site, this project seems contradictory to CODA’s site-based approach. However, we can’t resist a challenge! Half-House is designed to react to inevitable site-givens: interior-exterior, up-down, sun, views, and ground. Some moves are fixed, while others remain flexible, embedded with the logics of reorientation for when the site becomes known.
Half-House is conceived as a single protective box that is cut and shifted (operations remain the same, distances vary depending on site information). A series of exterior-related appendages impact the house (i.e. can be seen from inside). The pool volume pushes down into the main living area, the windows frame and orient various views and allow the window to be shaded and inhabited. The elevated sleeping wing provides a covered entrance for cars and entry.