Designed by USA practice Michael P. Johnson Design Studios Ltd. Ruth Hiller Residence is flying above the dense evergreen forest where located at the Winter Park – Colorado, USA. The building is set on the existing foundation and all the living spaces are planned at the top of the house to have the best view over the landscape.
+ Project description, provided by Michael P. Johnson
The client, Ruth Hiller, a fine arts painter and corrective exercise specialist, purchased a 1950′s single storey home located in Winter Park, Colorado. Ruth, a single woman, approached Michael P. Johnson Design Studios Ltd. with the challenge to remodel this poorly designed building in a manner within a minimalist design ethic.
With little to work with it was suggested that the existing residence be removed and relocated elsewhere. Working with the existing basement foundation a two storey solution allowed the living, dining, and kitchen to fly above the dense evergreen forest.
The lower level contains two master bedroom suites, entry and a commons room. The basement was designated for use as a painting studio with natural light borrowed by the use of light wells located on the west elevation. A 44.5 cm. X 44.5 cm. full body porcelain tile was selected for its beauty and durability for the entire lower level. The use of a single tile color unifies the total space allowing the free flow from room to room.
+ Architect’s statement, Michael P. Johnson
The use of porcelain tile in my projects is not of a decorative nature but as a building material. I use large format tile to function as a platform for the modern furniture and art work prevalent in all of my work.
+ Project credits
Project: Ruth Hiller Residence
Architect: Michael P. Johnson Design Studios Ltd.
Completion Date: December 2005
Typology/Purpose: Single Family Residence
Address/Location: Winter Park, Colorado USA
Built area: 1660 square feet
Floor surface area: 2994 square feet
Photographer(s): Bill Timmerman
Structural Engineer: JT Engineering, Inc.
+ Contact data:
Michael P. Johnson Design Studios Ltd.
P.O. Box 4058
Cave Creek, Arizona 85327 USA
JT Engineering, Inc.
7201 North Dreamy Draw Drive
Phoenix, Arizona 85020
Timmerman Photography Incorporated
382 North First Avenue
Phoenix, Arizona 85003 USA