The site, approximately one-acre in size, is typical of southeast
Louisiana with cypress, maple, and hackberry trees. The rhomboid
shape and the existing trees were the major site related design
The design is for a single story
residence for a family with three young daughters. Frequent dinners
and informal visits by many relatives set the requirements for
large dining areas and conversation spaces. Mr. Uhl, a concrete
supplier, hoped to use concrete as an architectural material.
Mrs. Uhl wished for the kitchen to be used as a social space
to be with friends and relatives while preparing meals. She also
wanted to informally dine in the kitchen. The Uhls appreciate
and enjoy the contrast between rich materials and pure geometric
shapes. Preservation of the trees was important and children
play yard separate from the more formally landscaped portion
of the site was desired.
The four-bedroom residence is
sited to preserve existing trees and interior spaces are arranged
to take advantage to the landscaped views. The atrium patio provides
filtered light in the interior living spaces. The bedroom corridor
is also naturally lit with skylights. Sliding glass doors provide
the opportunity for cross ventilation. Glass walls are protected
from the sunlight by deep overhangs except on the north elevation
where glass is flush with the exterior wall. In addition, trees
also shade glass walls except at the west wood deck where a wood
trellis provides shade. The residence is closed and private from
Concrete columns support wood
frame construction with cement plaster exterior finish. Interior
walls are gypsum board. Ceilings are board on board western red
cedar. Floors are handmade clay tile in living areas and carpet
in sleeping areas.
Owner: Mr. & Mrs. John Uhl
Area: 4,228 S.F.
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