Pillow House

Design Team: Michael Frederick, Jordon Gearhart, | Advisors: Michael Ra and Jeff Kock

Los Angeles, California : 2010
Fabric is used to accentuate the ethereal quality that a building envelope acquires by implementing levels of translucency and transparency. The opacity of the envelope fluctuates throughout the overall surface condition as it layers, splits, and billows. ETFE is used as the thermal break and waterproofing layer. This allows natural light to permeate the interior unlike conventional wall cavity systems. Floors hang from the underbelly condition of the overhead slab, allowing the house to float like a tent above the landscape below. This inversion enables the domestic space to exist within the tree canopy, yet maintain visual adjacency to the landscape below.