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Incorporating a bridge into an entry sequence typically requires at least a couple characteristics: a unique site and an elevated entrance to the house. This plank-like walkway is elevated over the sand and brings people to the middle of the beach house's three floors. The view through the house and the water via generous glazing implies that the goal is not the house but the beach beyond.
This linear house is perched upon a hilltop, apparently cantilevering itself from this wide walkway.
As in the previous photo, this house opens itself up visually to reveal the vista as one walks along the bridge. The lack of railings makes the approach quite abstract, as if the surface is simultaneously an extension of the street and the house's floor.
Another threshold to cross can be water. The last few photos feature projects with bridges and other walkways moving people across shallow pools. The carefully composed entry sequence here starts with a view of the vista above the house, moves down some steps alongside a bermed landscape, and then moves people across a small pool. The water and plantings are then framed by the large window in the dining room to the right of the entrance.
The arrival to this house stresses calm, be it in the reflecting pool, stone walkway, and wood walls, columns, and roof overhand. The water is actually tied to a feature that collects rainwater and moves it via a series of terraces around the house.
Here the water feature traverses the walkway in a planter treated like a lily pond. This photo illustrates that a strong sense of entry, a bridging of two zones, need not be literal.
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