Wilt and Dave:
Client and Architect, continued
World Size… Wilt wanted a place for friends, entertainment, and yet be at the same
time a place to call home. He wanted everything to work for real size
people, and in fact the only concession to size was the water closet in
the Master Suite. “It’s just no fun to sit down with your knees in
your face,” was Wilt’s sentiment.
The volumes, spaces, door heights and such were not designed for the tallness of the man, but rather the sense of self, and a love of openness and great spaces.
Stand of Redwoods… My
inspiration for The Great Room, the set piece of project, came from a
photo I had taken when my family and
had visited Yosemite. Straight up through the Mariposa grove
looking skyward, Ursa Major was to be a stand of trees supporting a great
first suggestion for the compliment to the redwood was to use red brick.
Wilt grew up in Philadelphia, and every poor neighborhood was one faceless
brick monolith after another. The bricks disappeared, and we went over
sample after sample of native field stone to work with the redwood. We
settled on a great looking Bouquet Canyon stone we could get matched
material for the whole house.
After many model studies, the scheme was born. I went to my good friend
and structural engineer Vincent Kevin Kelly and we put together a
structural system that to this day has withstood all the seismic trauma
provided in the years since construction.
Great Room was designed with spaces interrupted by vertical “tree”
elements that would work for many guests, and still feel intimate and
comfortable for Wilt when alone in a such a lofty major space.
was to be a great organic structure of natural materials, with water used
as a building component becoming part of the concept — live water and
reflection pools at the entry path, and the swimming section fitting
naturally against the Great Room with a small peek inside just for fun.
Plan Checker Said, “I Give Up!”…
concept was set, and each and every part of the structure was carefully
designed by this Architect to reflect the basic design intent. The working
drawings could finally commence. Sketches and exact design elements became
paper real after incomparable hours of effort.
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Spending Time With Wilt…
Wilt in (not-so-hot) Water…
Tenneson Rich Architect
21552 Oakbrook | Mission Viejo, CA 949/458-6373