A Spine that Binds Inside to Out

General / People / Places / January 31, 2010

The Wine Country Residence in Paso Robles, Calif. is a tutorial in relating inside to out.

“We used the curved spine of the house as a unifying element,” said Steven Dewan of Bassenian Lagoni Architecture and Land Planning.

The spine is a means of circulation through all areas of the built and natural environments, while blurring the transition between the two. “We were playing with the expression of inside and outside through the use of courtyards and large openings.”

A cylindrical rotunda emphasizes verticality in an otherwise horizontal layout.

An art gallery is a key player as well. “We designed the house to accommodate the art collection – and that’s why the gallery is such an important part of the interior. It’s off the spine – and part of it is meant to tie inside to outside. The gallery creates a little village feeling inside the home – it steps down from the plateau the rest of the house is on.”

The result is near-seamless living spaces that emphasize vistas of the countryside surrounding the home.

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Michael Welton

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