Recently I came across an old design project I did my sophomore year of college. From what I remember, we were assigned a "famous" home designed by a prominent architect. Mine was the Berkowitz House designed by Steven Holl. We had to design a gatehouse for the existing house. The gatehouse had to be compact, have 2 bedrooms, a shared bath, kitchen, a living room, laundry/utility space, and a roof deck. It also had to connect in some way to the main house and had to compliment it architecturally. This is the only decent picture I could find of the main house:
The home is on the Atlantic coast and the architect had written that the light structure reminded him of a whale skeleton. You'll have to be the judge of that. Anyway, I decided to stick with the nautical theme in my design, modeling my gatehouse after a boat, perhaps in pursuit of the white whale (dead as it may have been). I attached the two homes with an elevated "pier". The nautical references are pretty obvious: the shape, the porthole-like windows, the railing details, the crow's nest, and the sail which I saw as some sort of light canopy. I was criticized in my final critique for being too literal. I built a model of it as well which I no longer have. It looks really simple, but it was actually kind of neat. Granted, looking at it now, I see tons of problems and changes I'd make, but this was my first real design project and I felt good about it.
The other day I received a mailer from a builder I've worked for. He featured a remodel project I had done:
It was an existing lakefront house that the owner wanted to update and enlarge. We converted the attached garage into a big, open kitchen/great room, redid the outside, and added a detached two-car garage with second-floor living space. it sounds like the client was happy with the results. Here is a computer rendering to compare:Here's the garage:
Finally, here's a mock-up of a different home I worked on. I was thrilled to learn that I could insert my own pictures into the model, so I changed what was on the TV screen. I'm not sure if the clients ever noticed.