Residential Design – Gabion Wall House

West Elevation
West Elevation

I thought that I would explore the use of a specific material in this design. I have wanted to create a design for some time that used gabion walls. This is a type of retaining wall consisting of loose rubble held together in rectangular blocks by heavy gauge chicken wire. The photo below illustrates this type of wall system.

Example of a Gabion wall
Example of a Gabion wall

This form of wall construction is almost always used in landscape design for retaining walls, (as shown here)

A gabion wall used as a retaining wall next to a highway
A gabion wall used as a retaining wall next to a highway
but I thought that I would try to use it in a different way. My design uses a gabion wall as both a structural element and as a barrier. My gabion wall faces the street with cutouts to showcase a sunken garden and openings for entry into the courtyard. I also liked the idea of using this material in the bathroom, so the master bath abuts the gabion wall making for an interesting shower enclosure.

The gabion wall house follows a U-shaped plan built around an entry court and it contains 3 bedrooms and 3 baths and 2 lavs with an in-ground swimming pool and a 2-car garage. A second floor architect’s studio was also created that is supported by the gabion wall. I studied the work of Luis Barragan prior to creating this design and many of his ideas and furniture designs were incorporated into this house.

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