Fold Up House

Fold Up House

Architect
Dan Brunn Architecture
Category
Private Houses

Fold Up House

Dan Brunn Architecture as Architects

For this suburban home, Dan Brunn, AIA, principal of Dan Brunn Architecture, injected the feeling of openness and of continuum, which was of utmost importance to the clients. As a means to negate the claustrophobic spaces of their primary residence, the architect developed a language to express the free flowing nature of the design.


The home is constructed out of folded concrete planes, which in harmony create the illusion of vast open space while still maintaining an intimate relationship to the exterior gardens. This is achieved through descriptive folding and specific openings into the gardens.


Following organic shapes, such as a budding flower, the spaces grow from one another, with open windows on each end of the tube-like extrusions. Within each of the “petals” the materials are homogenous: white epoxy flooring and white concrete walls and ceilings. A blurring between what is a wall or what is a floor occurs throughout the home. I n the living room, the floor bends upward to form the lounge area, with its built-in cushions for relaxing, then the floor continues to flex upward to form the walls and the ceiling that create the space. Similarly, this folding occurs in the entry way and the kitchen.


Organizationally, the house is separated into two levels, with the master bedroom at the second floor, overlooking the pool area. A folded-plane tube stairwell leads to the master bedroom. Above the stairwell, a light well is formed by the folding of the stairwell tunnel.


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