The swell house celebrates forms created from the combination
of old and new, resisting American suburban trends. The clients needed to
accommodate a growing family and a decision was made to build a new second floor on the old house. Wrapping the old and new spaces with clapboard, flexible yet rigid in appearance, the parts meld into a whole-the new curves supported by the older straight lines. Adding to the house also kept demolition to a minimum. In long-term efforts to reduce waist, the windows are
carefully placed to minimize energy consumption and a double
skin maintains the indoor temperature by natural ventilation between the two skins in summer or
adding insulation in the winter time.