PROGRAM: 3 bedrooms, 2 bath, and a bonus room on three floors.
SIZE: 1,900 sq. ft.
PROJECT TEXT: This straightforward, elemental design balances rich spatial experience with construction simplicity on three levels in a tight, highly efficient package with an ultra-small footprint, leaving more space for the yard. The first and smallest in a series of modular designs inspired by the spatial dynamism of alternating volumes, this design interchanges open and closed areas, single- and double-height spaces, solid and glazed walls, and public and private programs in a regular foursquare organization. Through this spatial strategy, the zoning and diversity expected in a much larger house are achieved. This is expressed on the exterior with a similarly dynamic alternation of glass and corrugated metal panels, systematized by quadrant with consistent, cost-saving details, to give the house a varied texture and visual complexity belying its simple cubic volume. Drawings will soon be available for a version featuring integral rolling overhead security doors, useful when the RUBIX HOUSE is used primarily for vacations and may be unoccupied for stretches of time.
The three-story house is entered at the bottom level into a living area that runs the length of the house from front to the back, with a full wall of sliding glass doors at either end, providing light and ventilation as well as immediate access to the yard. The tandem garage runs alongside the living area at this level, and features space-saving rolling overhead doors at either end, allowing for drive-thru parking or a shop looking out onto the back. Convenient access to the garage is provided from the living area through a panelized section of the wall that includes an integral coat closet. The house opens up vertically from the living area into a series of dramatic double-height spaces that spiral around the perimeter providing light and views at each subsequent level. At the second, or middle level, a dining platform serves as a connection between the most public and more private realms, looking down into the living area and up to the family area above. The dining room is flanked by an open kitchen (tucked under the open family room above), featuring a continuous counter and cabinet arrangement that makes serving a snap. At the uppermost level, the family area platform looks down over the dining platform; this is the most private level, with two bedrooms and shared bathroom, as well as the open family area. An artfully detailed steel stair system connects all the levels, reinforcing the sense of living in the trees established by the walls of sliding glass doors that grace each level on alternating sides of the house and provide views out to the yard at tree level.