Ehrlich Retreat +
The Ehrlich Retreat consists of a new guest house, pool, and shade structure that combine with the original “main” house (designed by JFAK ten years previously) to create a family precinct. The new structure is contextually related to the original house; it borrows many of its materials and architectural elements – freestanding wood screens and white plaster, for example – yet has its own identity.
The LEED-for-Homes Platinum project is also a model of “integrated sustainability,” in which its green strategies are seamlessly integrated into a unique architectural aesthetic: the structure’s broad frame embraces and gives presence to the new yard while shading the house’s southern orientation; the triangular cut-out over the office creates a dramatic form and simultaneously introduces generous amounts of ambient northern light; the steel and wood trellis provides welcoming shade for the yard and also hosts a 2.4kW photovoltaic array that powers the house and pool. Every design decision and every architectural element performs double duty, resulting in an environmentally responsible but also light-filled, joyful environment. The house achieves a sustainable and holistic balance between performance and delight, which is the aspiration of each and every JFAK project.
- Craig Ehrlich
- Bonomo Development