Location: Winter Park, Florida
Project size: 3,150 square feet
Program: The owners of Origami House previously worked with Oza Sabbeth Architects on a renovation project in East Hampton, New York, and commissioned the firm to design a winter retreat on a small plot of land in Winter Park, Florida. The couple—one a psychotherapist and the other a tech executive—wanted a place that could provide respite, accommodate occasional visits from their children, and entertain up to 30 guests.
Design Solution: Crucially, the clients regarded the house as a work of art, emphasizing a desire for “clean lines, solid lighting, traditional shapes, and the idea of the outside folding into the landscape.” The designers developed the house from the top down as well as from the walls up in search of a simple but bold aesthetic statement.
Photo © Seamus Payne
Intrigued by the ability to form three-dimensional space from a two-dimensional plane, Oza Sabbeth Architects looked to origami for inspiration. Outside, folding planes of dark slate sidestep the distinction between roof and wall, facing both surfaces. Underneath this wrapper is a clear plan with a long-windowed gallery wall, a suite of guestrooms, and an open living-dining-cooking area. A library doubles as a privacy buffer, separating the primary suite from the rest of the house and offering solitude from even the rowdiest of young visitors.
Throughout the house, sightlines mediated by windows and doors offer moments of surprising encounter between inside and outside. At the rear, a roof overhang shelters a patio with views out to one of the city’s many lakes.
Structure and Materials: Turning crisp corners in slate required rigor and precision. Precast, hollow-core slabs allowed the architects to achieve maximum span with minimal depth, resulting in thin, paper-like “creases.” High ceilings throughout the single-story residence create a sense of depth, further heightened by a refined palette and high-quality finishes.
Completion date: June 2022
Site size: .25 acres
Total construction cost: $3 million (construction)
Photos © Seamus Payne
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Oza Sabbeth Architects
2408 Montauk Highway
Design lead: Nilay Oza
Design team: Peter Sabbeth, Tania Mendes, Kevin Kawiecki, Zack Nicholson, Will Goethe
Sam Ewing Interior Design
Structural: Monta Engineering
Landscape: Signature Landscape
Concrete: CoreSlab Structures
Masonry: Slate Siding - Cupaclad
Metal Panels: Dissimilar Metal Design
Metal/glass curtain wall: Euroline Steel Windows and Doors
Precast concrete: CoreSlab Structures
Tile/shingles: Cupaclad Slate Shingle
Metal frame: Euroline Steel Windows and Doors
Entrances: Custom gate (Mojo Metal works with FAAC 750 Underground Swing Gate Opener)
Wood doors: Dayoris Doors
Upswinging doors, other: Garage Door (Guttman horizontal opening Garage Doors)
Fireplace: Boulevard 60" gas fireplace (Empire Comfort Systems)
Locksets: RocYork Concealed Hinges with NoHa Invisible Handles
Cabinetwork and custom woodwork: Modulnova
Solid surfacing: Sierra Noir Porcelain Solid Surfaces
Floor and wall tile: Venetian Plaster showers
Interior ambient lighting: iGuzzini
Dimming system or other lighting controls: Lutron
Fixtures: Blu Bathworks
Sinks: Kohler Sinks