Recently unanimously and enthusiastically approved by the Albany Planning Commission, this contemporary home is designed around ideas of a Zen courtyard in the rear, and takes cues from sources as broad as Japanese architecture, Mondrian composition, and the horizontal lines of much of Frank Lloyd Wright's work.
The house cleverly fits on an odd, triangular lot, made even more difficult to work with when the site survey revealed a City sewer easement running through the middle of the back yard, which could not be built over or moved.
The family of four includes a daughter with a degenerative disability that will require the use of a wheelchair in the future. Van parking in the driveway, a direct entrance to the living room from there, and consideration for her future needs are woven into the design.
Building: 2,600 s.f.
Client: Doug Dooley and Christine Wagoner