Treehouse

This project explores the potential of creating an urban oasis with modern architecture for this home in the 9th and 9th neighborhood of Salt Lake City.  The house design incorporates a series of indoor-outdoor spaces, from a front porch garden at the street to a secluded outdoor backyard bathing retreat.  At the heart of the home is a pool that is accessed from the great room and pool house, and forms a meeting area for residents and guests alike. 

The design is a small urban house, close to shopping, entertainment, transit and recreation.  The site is tucked into an emerging neighborhood and is surrounded by single family residences on a tree-lined street.   The architects worked to minimize the footprint and size of the home while maximizing the spatial experience through working with scale, proportions, light and materials. 

The project was designed for a real estate professional with a keen sense of design and personal style.  The program incorporates spaces for entertaining guests, both indoors and out, private retreat spaces including a meditation room, master suite and great room connected to gardens and a lap pool.  These public and private spaces open out to embrace the urban site in which the house is securely nestled.  The public façade opens to a front porch with hardscape that doubles as a parking area.  Blackened cedar wood skins the envelope and a green-grey concrete creates a floor surface that flows from the exterior desk through the interior living spaces. 

The architects worked closely with the client and his interior design team to ensure a seamless integration of the architecture and the interiors.  From this collaboration the design emerged as one that reflects the owner’s vision for contemporary living and provides a model for the potential for infill design in this neighborhood.