“The house had to be like a magnet for their children and their friends all year, which is why they wanted an indoor pool rather than a secondary living space.”
Alt’s interpretation of this set of requirements was a design that separates the home into distinct zones, each defined by its own materials and form.
The flat front yard includes a courtyard for bike riding and large grassed areas that can be used as spontaneous game spaces.
Sited at the front of the house, the garage is a low pavilion-like structure finished in a lightly textured white stucco. But it also doubles as a basketball court.
The main body of the house is divided into three zones – the children’s wing at one end and the parents’ wing at the other, with a double-height living room in between the two.
“What touches the ground is either glass or white stucco, while the two wings floating above are quite distinct.”
The upper level of the children’s wing is clad with panels of black-brown stained cedar planks that are bordered with black aluminium edging. This arrangement helps to moderate the scale of this wing, while also creating an unfamiliar pattern with a typical wood cladding material.
Meanwhile, the parents’ upper level is defined by its deep auburn brick structure, giving them a sense of sanctuary, both visually as well as spatially.