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A single family live-work space designed to fit into a 50 year old botanical garden. The house is modeled on rural complexes which utilize the courtyard as an extension of the interior space year round. This is the first of three phases which will eventually complete the courtyard. It has a compact footprint, exceeds insulating and other envelope requirements for a tight super energy efficient home. It is elegant and simple.
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The courtyard "room" brings light and a sense of space during the winter. It allows us to expand our space during the milder months. Photo by: Lara Swimmer
“Shed roof with intersecting chimney” — lfdept
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Exterior view showing relationship to different garden spaces. Photo by:Lara Swimmer
“Windows” — gnusbick
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Looking from the living room nook toward the dining room table. Each space serves multiple uses maximizing the functionality of the house without minimizing its elegance. Photo by Ben Benschneider
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Fireplace mass is sculpted to furnish and divide the space between entry and living area. Photo by: Lara Swimmer
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View of the dining/living area to the kitchen. Photo by: Ben Benschneider
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View from the dining/living area to the secret fern garden. Photo by: Lara Swimmer
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The salvaged cast Furness glass set into the exterior concrete wall creates a deep nook with a padauk shelf. The vase is Vinini & C. 1951 by Fulvio Bianconi and is called Pezzato.
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This 1" thick cast glass is from the glass floor of the stacks in the Furness Library at Penn. The slabs of glass were being discarded during a renovation. The architect salvaged a piece to use in her future house. Photo by: Jay Garrison
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View through the fireplace niche to the courtyard. Photo by: Lara Swimmer
“Like the wall” — slachtam
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Architect's office space, natural light from 4 sides, a 12 foot high shelving and rolling ladder and a 3 second commute. photo by Ben Benschneider
“Bookshelces and Ladder” — fitrib
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The architects in home studio. The 12' high bookcase is accessed by a rolling ladder. The high wall to the right is the bannister of a studio loft space. Photo by:Lara Swimmer
“Stair” — androj66
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Part of our "Mondrian" collection. Built in furniture that provides storage and helps furnish a room. Photo by: Ben Benschneider
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Early morning view of the residence from the secret garden. Photo by: Lara Swimmer
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Exterior stair to architect's studio with noon shadows cast on enclosing courtyard wall. Photo by: Ben Benschneider
“Stairs and wall” — Kristin Durham
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Courtyard - outdoor living room Photo by Ben Benschneider
“house exterior” — andrei1122
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House in landscape Photo by Lara Swimmer
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