Greenport, Long Island - 2013
The Two, Three and Four courtyard house, a proposal for a vacation home for a painter and his family located outside of Greenport, Long Island on North-Eastern United States is an attempt to create synchronicity between form (static), light (dynamic) and privacy (subjective) within the confinements of the courtyard typology. Different deformations of a 4 sided courtyard are centripetally arranged to maximize privacy and daylight requirements during the course of the day. The different programmatic requirements are arranged counterclockwise beginning with studio and work areas which are used primarily during the morning, transitioning to afternoon functions such as dining and cooking, and ending with family living spaces which are active at night. Each of these programs is given a courtyard type which through its specific form is fragmented to maximize light and privacy demands.
The office and work space, used primarily during the mornings and requiring less family privacy, more public presence and greater direct light is placed at the south east corner of the plot to maximize the morning sun. This work space is given a 2-sided courtyard or L shape, which increases views, public/neighborhood transparency and daylight during the morning hours. Subsequently, the kitchen and dining areas are located in the south west side to maximize the afternoon light. To this function which has 2 programs requirements (kitchen in between f two dining areas, a formal and informal one) is given a 3-sided courtyard or C shape. This creates a semi private environment in regards to the exterior/interior relationship and increases the connectivity of the interior spaces by forming a frontal axial relationship as a connector of 2 programs. Lastly, the 4-sided classic courtyard or O shape is reserved for late afternoon family functions where a high degree of privacy is needed. Its closed shape allows the private gatherings to be intimate without any public interference as well as bringing the maximum amount of light on all sides of the central glazed volume at this stage of the day.
Project Name : Two, Three and Four : A Courtyard House.
Location : Greenport, Long Island, USA.
Use : Family Residence
Gross Floor Area : 5000 ㎡
Bldg. Scale : Common Spaces -1 story, Bedroom Tower - 4 story.
Structure : Masonry Brick
Max. Height : 12 m
Exterior Finish : White brick, Ceramic glazed masonry unit.
Architect : JGCH Architecture _ Javier Galindo
Complete Year : 2013-14