I love living in Chicago, but I can get a tad envious of places where warmer weather allows for year-round indoor/outdoor living spaces. One such space? This stylish family home composed of sleek mini-buildings.
Designed by Koning Eizenberg Architecture and built in Pasadena, the stucco buildings were inspired by takeout containers. Their uneven roofs have a practical function too — they allow for strategic rain runoff and solar panel placement, as well as for rooftop gardens. Indoors, the houses are just as eco-friendly — solar collectors heat water and in the summer, they're cooled by warm air that is drawn in by fans, cooled in tubes, and recirculated.
One of the owners stated, "I had seen Frank Gehry’s Schnabel house, and I thought it was a cool idea to have separate pavilions where we could work at home, the boys could hang out with friends, and my family could visit.” Each of the buildings on their property contains one living or sleeping area and large glass doors that face the other buildings and the gardens. It designed both to allow for a bit of freedom and to draw everyone out to enjoy the outdoor areas.
Overall, it's a creative, eco-friendly, beautifully-done space.
Read more about the project and see the full tour at Azure Magazine.
(Images: Eric Standemaier for Azure)