The TR+2 StudioHouse
is conceived for open-ended flexibility of use. It incorporates a series
of places that are varied and dynamic, so that functions are interchangeable.
Walls slide out of the way, curtains subdivide or screen areas, and spaces
transform to respond to climatic or programmatic changes.
A pair of platforms
is embedded in an east-sloping site; a pair of containers perches above.
The south and west edges of the lower platform, an auto/sport court, are
set into the slope, wrapped by a concrete retaining wall and a ramp to
the upper platform. To the north, a steel and glass container with one
wall of semi-transparent solar panels encloses a studio/guest house perched
above the platform on four columns. The covered outdoor space/carport
is wrapped by a scrim of curtains and frames a view to the mountains.
primary indoor and outdoor living spaces of the project, the upper platform
is cut into the hill on two sides, and projects out of the hill and over
the planted concrete roof of the guest apartment below. Glass walls, both
fixed and sliding, wrap the concrete floors of the main living area. Kitchen
equipment is on legs lifted above the floor, and furniture is on wheels
for flexible rearrangement. Sitting on a grid of sixteen round columns,
the nine-square upper container, which is also the ceiling of the main
level, encompasses a series of discreet rooms wrapping a central void.