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Dillon Residence in Arizona by Chen + Suchart Studio
August 10th, 2016 by Sanjay Gangal
Article source: Chen + Suchart Studio
The Dillon Residence takes the form of a courtyard house typology. It is a remodel and addition to an existing home situated in a 1950’s and 1960’s neighborhood comprised of one-acre horse properties.
The original L-shaped form was retained for the main house while a new separate Master Suite volume envelops a newly defined courtyard anchored by a pool on one end. This courtyard serves to promote the outdoors as part of the clients’ daily life. The language of the house takes on a modern language while retaining some of the domestic qualities enjoyed by the clients. The Master Suite is configured as a separate volume and therefore is allowed to establish its own architectural identity that is free from the language of the original L-shaped portion of the house.
This portion of the house has been remodeled to take on a more modern means of space-making whereby the program of the living, dining, and family room are treated as one larger space, minimally defined by a kitchen space that floats planimetrically in between.
The language of rusted corrugated metal cladding of the roof at the original L-shaped portion of the house is extended to be the wall cladding at the Master Suite. A large gabion wall comprised of local Salt River rock serves as a backdrop to the courtyard space while establishing a thickened wall to afford privacy for this separate volume. The pool is treated as a destination that anchors the courtyard on its North end and can be opened to the courtyard by means of a large sliding gate.
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The investigation of design and architectural ideas at Chen + Suchart Studio, LLC involves a rich process where the tools of drawing and sketching by hand, model making, rendering, and computer associated methods are deployed. There exists no ordained methodology at which the design solution is arrived. Programmatic needs, conditions of the site, and attention to the client’s desires all serve to inform this process. Our focus intensifies when we examine the spatial experience of our work. This representation allows us to thoroughly explore the architecture as it will be experienced in its built construct. We do not impose a particular language to a design idea. Rather we allow the process to inform, and as a result allow our language to reinforce the inherent ideas latent within every project.
Thamarit Suchart and Patricia Szu-Ping Suchart completed their studies at the Rhode Island School of Design (Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree and Bachelor of Architecture Degree 1997) and Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design (Master of Architecture in Urban Design Degree 1999). Chen + Suchart Studio, LLC was established with Szu-Ping Patricia Chen in 2002 while Thamarit was working at Wendell Burnette Architects and Patricia at Jones Studio, as a creative outlet to further independent thinking in design. Patricia left Jones Studio in 2003 to solely focus on the work of Chen + Suchart Studio while Thamarit continued to also work for Wendell Burnette Architects through May 2010. As of May 2010, Thamarit has worked full time with Patricia as the owners and founders of Chen + Suchart Studio, LLC. Thamarit is a registered architect in the State of Arizona.
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