Tanro House

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The existing house and the big problem:
A 1930’s house with a 1970’s addition tacked on to the front. The floor plan

was a maze and it was necessary to walk around the house to get to the pool.

The Owner:
Admires the simplicity of Asian design.

The Fix:
A new covered path slices through and links together the flanking spaces of

the rearranged modern house. A colonnade of mobius (“mobius” because

each angle is rotated 90 degrees from the next) aluminum angle post and

beams is interspersed with skylight shafts of varying sizes and azimuths (due

to the existing roof shapes) creating a light filled corridor that re-imagines the

sacred Japanese Kairō.

The Reference:
A Tanro Kairo is the Japanese version of a cloister – it has 1-bay supported by

two rows of pillars – flanking windows (called renjimado - in this case translucent

(and clear) doors) let air and light in – and is generally considered sacred

space or leading to sacred space – in this case leading to the swimming pool.

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