* Residential Architecture: Hill-Maheux Cottage by Kariouk Associates
Posted by the editors on Saturday, 2 June 2012
Residential Architecture: Hill-Maheux Cottage by Kariouk Associates: “..The design of the cottage is simple: two “bars” of living space that are joined by an elliptical loft hovering over the foyer and giving shelter to the entry below. One bar is private, containing bedrooms, bathrooms, and storage; one bar is public, containing the kitchen, dining, and living areas. The elliptical loft is the domain of the daughter. Rather than “walling-in” the two ground-level volumes to achieve privacy, they are made with large expanses of glass and are sited at the edge of the property where vegetation is most dense. The underside of the loft volume and the fireplace surround are surfaced with a “quilt” of metal plates, including copper and zinc printing plates that the clients received from a printmaker friend. Many of the plates are etched with landscapes from the original printmaker, but many are etched with works created by the couple and their daughter. There are, however, many yet-unetched plates that can be removed, worked by the clients and their friends visiting the cottage, and then reinstalled. In this way, the house keeps a record of its past..” Intriguing use of copper and zinc etching plates, abundant glazing, natural light, views and nature..
image: Photolux Studios (Christian Lalonde); article: Contemporist