A house for an artist in the hills of Los Angeles, California.
Two charred timber pavilions perch atop a series of concrete blade walls. One pavilion addresses the street, providing car parking, a workshop and a guest studio. The other pavilion addresses the uninterrupted views across the valley and provides the main spaces of the house. A sun facing courtyard creates an outdoor room sheltered from the distant sounds of the freeway.
The house follows the slope downward to minimise excavation. Its floors terrace down from the street while the roof rakes upward, creating a sense of scale and space within a relatively small floor plan.
A balcony accessed via a concealed door cantilevers out offering an uninterrupted view of the LA sunset as it sinks behind Observatory Hill.
A collaboration between QUIZON, Firm Designs and Charlie Schneider
Shepherd St Terrace
Alterations and additions to a heritage listed terrace house in Chippendale.
A new rear pavilion references elements of the existing terrace: the arch, the party wall and the skillion roof. The vaulted dining room becomes a social space with a framed view of a floral courtyard garden.
Internal spaces are rearranged to accommodate a second bathroom and a home office. A new stair provides access to an attic bedroom and storage within the existing roof form.
Bateau Bay House
A single storey courtyard house for a young family on the NSW Central Coast.
The house is organised around three gardens: a front garden that provides a sense of separation from the street, a north-facing courtyard garden that provides both prospect and refuge and a rear garden that provides a space for play.
From the street the house humbly reflects its suburban context in material and in detail. A subtle modulation creates a sheltered alcove and signals the main entry.
The house uses standard detailing and readily available materials and components to minimise cost and simplify construction. Quality and character is imbued through organisational principals and subtle relationships of form and space. The house is an architecture hidden in plain sight.
Ascending upwards to provide prospect and refuge, the cabin serves to amplify the experience of the forest. The meditation space is elevated above the ground, creating a space of ritual and significance with a framed view of the ancient woodlands.
The cave-like upper volume serves to amplify the sounds of the forest and directs the aspect of the meditation to a single orientation. This allows multiple cabins to be in close proximity to each whilst maintaining a sense of solitude and serenity.
The lower spaces have been designed to minimise distraction, providing only what is necessary for solitary domesticity.
A collaboration between QUIZON and Regan Ching
The Terrarium Amenities is an unsolicited proposal for a small public amenities building using robust, low maintenance materials that age gracefully over time.
Externally it reads as a playful brick monolith. A large glazed skylight frames a common entry space. Internally each cubicle reveals a secret walled garden, an intensified sampling of local flora framed within tall, private brick walls.
Designed to be deployed in any location and any orientation, the building is internally focused. As an object in a landscape it is tectonically mute yet formally expressive, the terracotta red brick imparts a uniformity of warmth and texture. A common day lit entry space is fronted by the brightly coloured doors of 4 unisex accessible cubicles. Stepping inside a cubicle, a floral garden framed by a large circular void offers a delightful surprise.
The proposal designs for the typical maintenance, safety and vandalism concerns of public amenities buildings with robust stainless steel fixtures and red brick contrasting against playful forms and the unexpected beauty of an intensified garden.
An adaptable modular system with a simple post and beam timber construction creates a robust and cost effective family of pavilions that can operate across a wide variety of contexts.
The pavilion is raised off the ground to minimise the impact of the structure and provide a continuous seating edge on both frontages.
A skillion roof unifies the modules and offers a generosity of space vertically to compensate for the highly compact floor area. This skillion roof provides a large surface to mount solar panels and collect rainwater if appropriate to its site. Large polycarbonate panels provide diffuse light without the fragility, cost and weight of glass windows. Two large sliding panels serve as doors and offer controlled views from the sleeping quarters. When closed, the sleeping quarters are private, contained and secure.
As an associate at CHROFI, Alberto Quizon worked with Parramatta Park Trust to develop a suite of amenities pavilions and public shelters to be deployed as part of the incremental redevelopment of Parramatta Park.
The structures are designed to work in a variety of possible locations. The dark painted steel recedes with the shadows and dark trunks of the surrounding cumberland plain trees while the recycled blackbutt timber cladding will weather and grey to further nestle the project into its surrounds.
A translucent fibreglass roof with a perforated zincalume soffit creates a canopy of diffuse natural light. Generous overhangs provide shade and shelter while an open timber batten cladding allows for natural venthilation. The design seeks to balance a sense of privacy and protection with passive surveillance, security and vandal resistance.
As an associate at CHROFI, Alberto Quizon led the design and was involved with construction documentation of the Marsden Park Amenities Pavilion.
The pavilion provides change rooms for sports teams, a covered outdoor community space, a small kiosk and public toilet facilities for a new suburban community in Marsden Park.
A raw structure, direct and straightforward in its tectonic expression yet ephemeral and playful in its spatial character. It is a structure that aims to embody a civic quality through its inverse form, serving as an anchor point for a new local community.
This structure aims to provide more than just shelter and utilitarian amenity, but also an element of joy and delight.