The envelope concept was developed along with our controlled transparency one in the late nineties - both have evolved over time in commercial and residential design. The objective in this little project dealt with an oddly-built coastal home and attached carport, creating a new building presence with minimal budget and limited to none structural intervention. The existing corner support was moved just a few feet in to create a floating cantilever. New cast-in-place concrete entry stair, planter and slanted mailbox pedestal gave a much more refined and friendly appearance, not to forget the additional step, which allowed for a much more comfortable descend.
A semi-open wood privacy screen to the east and south flanked the remodeled carport, fitted out with a simple frame for a fabric shade. A floating fire-treated wood lattice accentuates the corner of the house and visually connects material treatment of the bottom level with horizontal wood slats. It also provides for concealed lighting at night, which hovers over the floating recessed step lights below.