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Sosnowski Residence in Arizona by Chen + Suchart Studio
August 11th, 2016 by Sanjay Gangal
Article source: Chen + Suchart Studio
Sited in a 1950’s era dense neighborhood in Tempe, Arizona, the Sosnowski Residence takes the form of a courtyard house defined by three sandblasted 8-8-16 standard gray CMU walls at the main level and an exposed Virendeel truss at the upper level that ultimately characterizes the project.
The main level’s CMU walls define the major public spaces of the project, which include an outdoor courtyard, living room, dining room, kitchen, and koi garden. The public spaces are also flanked by the garage and guest bedrooms, in turn providing additional privacy from the street and the neighbors. The outdoor spaces maintain an open relationship to the residence by means of two 30’ wide expanses of operable sliding glass doors. The master suite resides in the Virendeel truss above. The integration of the courtyard and koi garden as an essential part to the daily experience enables the project to fully embrace the outdoor spaces of the front and back yards.
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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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