[Woodway Residence by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, photo by Nic Lehoux]
Here in the rainy Pacific Northwest, the entrance to a home is a good indication of an architect’s design ability. How the architecture keeps the drizzle off your head while you search for your keys or wait for your host, says quite a bit about how the house was designed and how well it works. As important as entry canopies are, they are all too often overlooked and become stick-on details at the tail-end of the design process. This is unfortunate, as the entry canopy has a functional purpose and, at the same time, must integrate with the design of the home. It would seem that a well considered entry encapsulates everything about good design.
[Benson Lake Cabin by BUILD LLC]
Good design takes into account the weather of the region and placement of the structure on the site. Good design accommodates the lifestyle of the inhabitants without becoming a loud design feature. Good design doesn’t allow you to get soaked while you wait for the door to open.
For today’s post we’re breaking down the entry canopy into 8 species, each with a couple of or favorite examples. Hit that comments button and share your favorite canopy concepts out there…
Davidson Residence in Magnolia Washington by BUILD LLC, photo by BUILD LLC
HANGING TENSION CANOPIES
A House in the Garden in Kromeriz Czech Republic by Archteam, photo by Ester Havlova,
Villa Mairea in Normarkku Finland by Alvar Aalto, photo by Per Nagel
Innis Arden Residence near Seattle by BUILD LLC, photo by BUILD LLC
LIGHTWEIGHT TENSILE CANOPIES
House in Celaya, Mexico by Grupo LBC
Innfeld House in Schwarzenberger Austria by Dietrich + Untertrifaller Architekten
Saltwater Residence in New South Wales, Australia by Gabriel Poole, photo by Eric Victor