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