Silman Guest House
project size: 1,600 sf
design - completion: 2004 – 2005
Program: guest house / studio facility
The site for this building is a flat opening in the forest. The horizontal and vertical carry equal influence. The ground surface flows continuously into the depth of the woods, the trees form a rhythmic, yet permeable wall around the clear ground. Their height beckons a response.
The notion of site is extended to the inhabitant of this project. The building is designed as a guesthouse for the daughter of a prominent structural engineer from New York City. The engineer is currently known for re-structuring and restoring the cantilevers of Falling Water and numerous other Frank Lloyd Wright houses. A dedicated place was required for weekend trips to visit new grandchildren. Further, the house also serves as a studio and office for the son-in-law. As such, his functions are stacked directly above one and other; the workshop on the lower level, drawing and office amenities on the upper level. The structural engineer sleeps in the cantilever.
Materials: steel frame . copper / wood siding . glass