two halves and a courtyard


This small house is defined by the square courtyard at its center, which is filled with trees and a reflecting pool.  The form that wraps it is bisected by alleys, forcing one to ambulate through the courtyard to move between the halves. Further, no access is granted directly from the house to the surrounding landscape, making the courtyard the public entry as well.  Studies below explore rendering two of the courtyard faces in Doric form, opposed to the simple brick envelope at the exterior.





generic offices


Taking cues from the Craig Ellwood project I featured a few weeks ago, this generic office building places a large glass box off the ground, ringed at grade with reflecting pools.  The drama is in the circular courtyard hidden inside, which is conical in section, flaring open to the sky above.  Corner staircases echo the circular motif.