Cliffing and cantilevering is articulated in Ledge House. From the rooms, balconies, windows and stairs the design idea of a floating mass is expressed. Rooms are cantilevered from three main structural walls to create the sense of floating volumes.
Work and life, for the artist and writer client, coexist within the house. The main circulation volumes serve as the core of the house simultaneously dividing and connecting the living and work quarters. The north-south axis circulation volume serves the purpose of circulation as well as a gallery space for the artist on the first level and a library for the writer on the second level. The diagonal circulation volume connects the living and dining rooms to the couple’s work spaces. The artist’s studio and writer’s workspace are placed between the private bedroom suites and the more public living and dining rooms---creating a home where work space is located in the center and living space is located in the periphery. Finally, the main entrance is found in the underbelly of house---with a staircase leading the user from the street level to the gallery space.
Master in Architecture at the Spitzer School of Architecture // Fall 2015