Residential Design – Can You Hear Me Now?


Hello readers,

This tongue and cheek play on the famous Verizon catch phrase is a house mimicking the signal strength indicator on one’s cell phone or wi-fi device. This design came from exploring the concept of stacking, the placing of one module/floor/block on top of another to form a vertical mass. For a more in-depth discussion of the stacking concept, see this 2011 lecture by Jacques Herzog & Pierre de Meuron where they discuss their firm’s body of work and the importance of stacking as a core strategy in their practice.

Another highly publicized stacking example is Bjarke Ingels’ design for World Trade Tower 2 in NYC. His receding stacked tower is a compelling and very literal take on the stacking technique.

Image Courtesy of DBOX
Image Courtesy of DBOX

Using the stacking technique as a starting point, I opted to place the boxes horizontally rather then vertically, creating a line of varying height enclosures comprising my design. This 4-story elevated concrete house has 3 bedrooms and 4.5 baths with a carport and parking for guest vehicles as well. The 3 boxes are placed around a swimming pool with a surrounding open air porch and bounded by a reflecting pool with its own waterfall. The house has 2 kitchens, one on the ground floor and one on the second floor. Space was also allocated for an elevator if one is desired. Other amenities include a home gym, rec room, study, meditation space and 4 fireplaces.

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