6th Street

6th Street

Two generative ideas converge in this house’s design: the constraints of the local zoning code for the building envelope and the client’s interest in blurring boundaries between public areas and privacy. 

The result is expressed in the house’s outward and inward form, with a series of spaces folding and twisting, reorienting one from the established order of the street and gaining views of the nearby park and mountains. The zinc-clad, folded form recalls origami. The folds in the envelope are expressed inside with revealed creases in the plaster detailing highlighted by glass panels washing daylight across wall surfaces, allowing glimpses of sky and full views of the nearby Flatirons. The building morphology is determined by the relationship between two bars of space. One, grounded and private, the other, not private, ungrounded, and bent to orient to a southern mountain view. From entry sequence through a structural forest, of lilting columns, to being underneath the volume of the space above, to passing through receding walls of glass, space overlaps space, raising the question of where the landscape ends and the building begins. View sheds through the home from the street suggest life on view. The very nature of privacy in the world of information trading becomes a generative concept. Inside the home, very public with very private spaces are unexpectedly juxtaposed allowing glimpses from each into the other. The unexpected placement of private function: the master suite hovering above the entry, and a glimpse into the master shower from the home’s main stair, question normative notions of public and private. 

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