area: 1500 m2 / 16,000ft2
Situated in Suzhou, renowned for its classical gardens, it was evident at the outset that this house would have a garden at its heart. In the end the design represents a synthesis of three elements at the core of Chinese architecture: the garden, the courtyard and the corridor. The house unites all three by turning the idea of the courtyard into a series of three gardens, with the whole stitched together and experienced through the lens of a corridor that snakes through the structure. At the centre lies a sunken water garden whose waters recede to expose a path leading to a single isolated tree.
The architecture is distilled down to a select few elements carefully considered: the wall, the door, the window, the roof. All of these aggregate to something that feels familiar yet in each case generates a unique result.
Adam Sokol; Daymond Robinson, Gregory Serweta;
Janet Rosenberg & Studio (landscape architecture)
Dan Euser Waterarchitecture, Inc. (water features)