Courtyard House 2

The client had studied architecture and was inspired to pursue the honesty of materials in the form of a monolithic uninsulated concrete building. Entreaties to soften this position were rebuffed, leading to the present solution: a three-story solid concrete wall that surrounds the site. Inside, a channel glass volume hovers above the newly excavated “cellar”, supported by deep structure which spans the building width. A reflecting pool running the length of the lower court disperses ambient light with a slight gurgle, a subtle aural contribution veiling the din of the city.