Program: Create a 2 story house on an urban lot facing a very busy street. Create a house that has a tough urban exterior and a soft wooden interior. Maximize interior natural light while maintaining some privacy from the neighbors.
Design: First we pushed the house as close to the street as the code would allow, in order to create as much room for a south facing backyard. This allowed the house to act as a buffer between the busy urban environment and the private, calm backyard. The back of the house opens up to this tranquil outdoor room and allows for an indoor-outdoor living style. We used an open floor plan to subtly contain each individual room, while allowing spaces to flow together that gives it a voluminous feeling. Carefully placed high windows allow natural light to flow in and keep inside spaces private without having to use window treatments. All of the structure/bones of the house are exposed.