Silvertree Residence by Secrest Architecture
A study in how a small, dated, closed in and inwardly focused modern residence could be revived into an inspiring modern space that interacts with the outdoors was The Silvertree residence. In the previous floor plan of this vaguely Mediterranean 1970s home, the wonderful climate of the Sonoran desert, and the opportunity for indoor-outdoor living, was ignored. Due to inaccessible, the user went through the existing garage or through the master bedroom to access the rear patio with great desert, mountain and partial city views in the floor plan of the existing house. A new multi-functional space, and a remodeled kitchen and dining room, revolved around a new three-sided fireplace, which as a focal point at the nucleus of the space while separating the spaces. The fireplace was open to all of the living spaces as well as the exterior patio. The rest of the existing house was allowed by these new spaces to be connected with the exterior. Creating better access in and out of the garage and allowing the rest of the rear of the house to open to the exterior, the garage was relocated. The living spaces were buffered by the new location from the roadway. Contrasting but complementing the existing painted stucco house and site walls, integral color plaster covered the garage. Allowing the garage to be minimal and uncluttered, storage was hiden behind birch panels. Creating a transitional space and extra storage for the new kitchen, a pantry was added between living areas and the new garage. Birch panels covered the pantry with concealed pullout pantry doors.
Although the new living spaces opened the house to the outdoors, privacy was maintained in its suburban setting. Providing controlled views and light while screening neighboringhouses, fenestration was positioned. Allowing views of the tops of the Catalina Mountains, a clerestory window was open to the east. Strengthening the connectivity with the outdoorsand providing unfettered views, mullion less butt-jointed glazing was applied on the north facade. Supporting the roof and appearing to float over the mullion-less glass below, a large steel beam spanned across the space. Large retractable screens concealed in the ceiling, privacy and solar control were provided when needed. Uniting the interior and exterior, birch panel plywood covered the existing patio porch framing. Echoing the interior language, steel wide-flange beams and concrete columns supported the framing. The exterior patio was allowed by the new space to become an extension of the interior spaces. Indoor-outdoor living was encouraged. Blurring the line between interior and exterior, integral color concrete floors below, and birch soffits above, extended to the exterior breaking the conventional opaque boundary. A large custom sliding door could be strengthened the connectivity with the exterior spaces. The space now became an observatory, where there were a lot of the changing environments of experiences.
The residence design in Tucson, Arizona, was designed by Secrest Architecture.
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