Lagoon Beach House
The Lagoon Beach House project comprises the renovation plan of a private boat shelter and a residential extension on the existing U-shaped foundation around it, which is placed in a garden plot with an area of approximately 1000 square meters in a rural fabric. The water border is actually a sub-channel of the lagoon that a row of houses exists on both sides of it such that the channel side view is regarded as the back and less important elevation of the house, and this dilemma has been accompanied by visual and environmental damage to the channel. The parking lot lodges two boats owned by two brothers, and the house is designed for one of the two brothers; therefore, the parking lot required separate access from the house. The initial presupposition for the fabrication of the house was designed on a U-shaped foundation on the ground floor by moving part of the space to the first floor to access the lagoon beach view. The contact with the edge of the channel was disconnected in this mode with the maximum utilization of the construction surface, following the predominant typology of the texture, yet leading to the interference between the parking lot and residential space access. The tendency to free the ground adjacent to the channel resulted in the idea of the application of the jacal (hut) structure (water cottages constructed on high bases in the middle of the lagoon, which were fabricated for temporary accommodation of fishermen). These water huts’ structure is the same as the modern pilot model in some ways, which releases the water surface rather than the ground surface; this is while the space under it is mostly employed for the deployment of boats resemblance to the typical pattern of the parking lot. The hypothetical duplex model of the house became an integrated level on the first floor by exploiting this structure, and the capability to have independent access to the parking lot and free visual communication with the landscape of the channel from both levels was provided by freeing up the whole space of the ground floor. Locating half of the surface of the house on the parking lot was associated with a substantial reduction in footprint. While it per se was considered a roof for the parking lot, it transformed its nature from a positive mass adjacent to the water to a negative space sitting back from the water’s edge in addition to restricting the surface of the roof, which generated the capability to permeate from the channel side as primary access. The channel was conceived as a street for access by boat through this perspective that enjoyed a higher quality relative to normal access on the other side of the garden, and the view next to the channel was taken into account as the original facade of the house. The height of 3.5 meters above the water surface, which was regarded as a technical response to some matters such as the infiltration of damp and moisture and unpleasant odors caused by the immediate proximity to water, as well as lack of security, was a possibility to design an opening and a spacious balcony facing the channel. Nevertheless, the likelihood of its exploitation in temperate seasons and its blurring by vertical louvers was taken into consideration with regard to the western nature of this front, and the daylighting of the main spaces was supplied from the northern and southern fronts.