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M Cabana / Bernbaum Magadini Architects

  • 01:00 - 26 September, 2010
M Cabana / Bernbaum Magadini Architects
M Cabana / Bernbaum Magadini Architects, © Charles Davis Smith
© Charles Davis Smith

© Charles Davis Smith © Charles Davis Smith © Charles Davis Smith © Charles Davis Smith +11

From the architect. Located in Highland park, Texas, an affluent township within the city of Dallas, this was a pool and cabana addition to an existing house. Strict setbacks and zoning regulations limited the possible location for this small addition - only 730 square feet. The regulations for the township required that the addition be connected to the main house by "a wall and a roof" while matching the style and material palette of existing home.

© Charles Davis Smith
© Charles Davis Smith

Initially the program called for an exterior toilet room and shower, seating area, and exterior cooking area, but during the course of design development, the program expanded to include air-conditioned space and a bedroom for overnight guests. The decision to add the bedroom occurred after the original design had been framed, sheathed and dried-in. The additional programming presented a challenge of where to locate this additional square footage. Due to the location of the now constructed pool and severe setbacks and adjacency restrictions, a second floor was added with an exterior spiral stair designed to provide access and to minimize the visual disruption to the exterior patio associated with the pool.

© Charles Davis Smith
© Charles Davis Smith

The project is designed on a 48" module to further broken down into 18" increments as the grid makes its way out into the landscaping and pool area. The major material for the cabana itself is lueders limestone panels, with the wall that separates the motor court from the cabana stucco in reference to the material on the existing house. The spiral stair that provides access between the two levels is made from stainless steel components to eliminate future maintenance needs while providing a sculptural element to an otherwise utilitarian device.

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Genie · June 10, 2011

@bobborson Wow! Nice project Bob.

Bob Borson · June 10, 2011

just saw that the cabana project I did that ended up on Archdaily has over 312,400 likes on facebook wow! not bad

Iain · September 28, 2010

What happens if it rains?

FX Studio design · September 28, 2010
Corey Klassen · September 27, 2010

@bobborson nice one

Bussaya Bussabong · September 27, 2010

A very beautiful house in town.

tDA · September 27, 2010

When are they going to renovate that bathroom?

Bob Borson · September 27, 2010

Wow! I didnt know (I&#39m at the Fair) RT @DESIGNSTUDIO26: CONGRATS @bobborson ... who is featured on archdaily today ..

Jenny Roets · September 27, 2010

Great project, very deserving recognition: RT @DESIGNSTUDIO26 CONGRATS @bobborson ...who is featured on archdaily today

DS26 · September 27, 2010

CONGRATS @bobborson ... who is featured on archdaily today ...

æon · September 26, 2010

The spiral staircase looks very secure


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