Coup House

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Oakland, CA . Artist retreat and Guesthouse

400SF . Builder: WesternSlope . 2022

Months passed before we considered formal identity or motif; time became the most significant design consideration. We designed through each season, revisiting the conceptual premise during bi-monthly charrettes in the garden. The ever-changing garden, fruit trees, and light would dramatically unseat our understanding of place, ultimately leading to a design position rooted in a whimsical permeability, what we call: Coup.

The roof plane offers an elevated gathering space with a sunset view. Sweeping apertures maintain a visual connection to the rooms below, provide ample top lighting, and soften the flow through space. 
 
An attitude of openness encouraged a formal permeability, blurring interior and exterior conditions. With that in mind, the quietest spaces (work and rest) were abbreviated to the center, leaving programs that play off the garden to experience it to their fullest. Exterior architectural and site walls serve an intent to display artwork, slipping past the form’s perceived boundary for outdoor viewing.