The Weir House is a single-family residence sited on an abandoned trout farm.
The project is a formally simple open plan with discrete moments that become the fulcrum for spatial difference. The client requested a clean, simple and orderly space. Rather than importing a foreign organization, the scheme looked to naturally occurring systems within the site. The spatial armature of the house was derived from the structure of the site’s existing trout farm. A system of small rivers and ponds are controlled and regulated by a series of weirs. Formally translated, these spatial weirs become formal mechanisms by which the architecture controls and negotiates a series of conditions; inside/outside, up/down, open/closed, figure/ground, and public/private. Moreover, their adjacencies allow for views, reorientations, and axial alignments. Hence, the simple programmatic requirements of a single-family residence are easily and flexibly accommodated by the weirs.