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House Of The Papyrii


  • Jason Comer
  • General Contractor: Scott Barnes
  • Tommy Crow
  • Jamie Van Dyk
  • Kendall Horne

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2,300 sq. feet

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Project Description

2009 RADA
Single-Family Production / Attached / Merit

Despite tight constraints, Khoury & Vogt Architects designed this spacious, light-filled house with an efficient plan. Their efforts were much appreciated by our judges. It “does a lot on a very small site,” observed one. “It's a really sweet project.”
The design draws inspiration from the courtyard-style casitas common in Antigua Guatemala, an architecturally significant city in central Guatemala. “You first enter a zaguan,” says Marieanne Khoury-Vogt, AIA, referring to an entry passage leading to a courtyard. “There's a pool on one side and a loggia on the other, so there's ample outdoor space before you even get to the front door.” A chimney draws light down into the loggia and reflects it off of a stucco-framed mirror. A second, rear courtyard does double duty as a garden and dining pavilion. Three separate loggias on the second level offer additional outdoor space, while also illuminating private realms. “Almost every room has access to the outdoors,” Khoury-Vogt says.

Situated with a sight line exposure to the gulf, the house is further brightened by Mediterranean-inspired interiors and a material palette of white stucco, Spanish cedar, Dominican shell stone, and colored Cuban concrete tiles. “It has lots of light and speaks eloquently to the anonymity of the city,” said a judge.
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