design | ford family farm
small guest house for the Ford family farm in Gray Highlands, Ontario
Where does architecture end and landscape begin? The ultimate purpose of this project was to design an enclosure, a small guest house for the Ford family farm in Gray Highlands, Ontario. The total proposed size was to be no larger than 1000 sq feet, including 50% floor area for a multipurpose living area, 30% floor area for a workshop and 20% floor area for a sleeping area. The project called for a proposal of a building assembly, thought of through the reciprocity between complex systems of context, structure, form, and materials. Our main approach to this complex system was one of assimilation. All of the proposed constituent parts blur the distinctions between object and field, inside and outside, building and landscape. A proposed 10 ft x 10 ft gridded poplar forest appears and disappears with the displacement of forms through space. Rotated 45 degrees, all building parts align with its surroundings. The structural system is aligned to the tree grid, with all members aligning to the trunks of the trees. Allowing for an ephemeral transparency and translucency, the façade cladding system was designed using rotated louvers which open and close according to the parallax of the trees. Our material strategy consisted of a double glass glazing system. Louvers are made out of a laminated unidirectional two way mirror glass, the outside opaque views of the façade reflect the exterior forest. From the inside, a constant uninterrupted view of the forest interior is seen. Lastly, our formal strategy included a series of interior-exterior courtyards, physically bringing the forest within the building. In this project, the architecture is the landscape, and the landscape is the architecture.
Collaborative Studio Project
Master of Landscape Architecture Design Option Studio
University of Toronto
The movement of the body as it crosses through overlapping perspectives formed within spaces is the elemental connection between ourselves and architecture.
Steven Holl, Parallax
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