The Brahler Residence in Ohio has so many unique features we hardly know where to start. There's the dramatic downward slope from the street down towards a brook that bisects the lot, a densely wooded perimeter, and a quaint cottage style that the residents wanted to preserve while still adding a fresh new dynamic to the property. In order to achieve this, Robert Maschke Architects took an integrative approach for the exterior that is partially wrapped in green, and an expansive one for the interior.
External architecture merges landscape and building surfaces to articulate the envelope of the addition, as well as clearly define the difference between formal and informal spaces. Roofs and facades clad in wood shake, standing seam metal, and vegetated surfaces on the other hand, fold together to blur the distinctions between the new and existing aspects of the cottage. The addition also serves to create courtyard spaces at multiple levels, while the folding roof creates a dynamic vaulted interior space.
The difference between exterior and interior is apparent, with large open spaces that include a new master suite, gallery, and indoor/outdoor entertainment areas, all flooded with natural night to create an abundance of energizing space. From the street, a windowless living façade also camouflages the addition’s massing to increase privacy for many of the rooms within. The internal environment is also characterized by layered views that create subtle connections to the exterior
While many architects would aim to create a completely contrasting addition to a century-old home, or otherwise make the renovation indistinguishable to the causal observer, Robert Maschke Architects have succeeded in preserving the building’s original character, while also infusing it with a renewed sense of energy.
Images by Eric Hanson