The Hermitage Residence is a private house located in the Bucktown neighborhood of Chicago, embracing a corner site surrounded by an eclectic assortment of other homes and businesses, and a large church across the street. The owners, a professional couple, asked for a house that would accommodate their family and their desire for privacy with abundant natural light.
This 17,211 SF family retreat on Hawaii’s Big Island takes the form of several canopy-like pavilions linked by elevated wooden lanais and a series of gardens. Hale Lana, which translates to “floating home,” appears to hover over the site’s lava fields and dense gardens. The ultimate design goal was to balance transparency and enclosure to create a home that would function for the couple, their extended family, and for large gatherings, all while maximizing connection to the Hawaiian climate and landscape.
Ternion is a composition of three independent villas in Kuwait. Variably stacked prismatic volumes create a porous-pixellated massing achieving a harmonious balance between the opposing ideals of privacy and community.