archival pigment print on lustre paper
90 x 134 cm
edition 10 + 2 AP
Framing: handmade, stained Tasmanian oak with raw Blackwood corner spine detail and non-reflective glass
Excerpt from Architectural Digest ‘Designers Own Homes’ (31/08/09)
From the courtyard you see all the way through the living room to a second courtyard with a lap pool at the far (west) end and a mountain beyond. The east and west walls of the living room are sliding glass doors; on each side, three five-foot-wide panels telescope on separate tracks into a wall recess. (The doors stay entirely open most of the time.) With the privacy afforded by the enclosing wall, Jennings gives new definition to indoor-outdoor living, inverting the idea of 1950s post-and-beam Palm Springs architecture, which was about openness as an extension of the surrounding landscape. The Jennings house is all about enclosure, with the openness inside.
The interior section of the residence occupies just 750 square feet: living room and bedroom separated by an in-line kitchen and a luxuriant bath. “We simply wanted a space for the two of us,” says Bissell. Another 15-foot set of glass doors opens from the bedroom to the 1,730-square-foot courtyard. From the living room sofa, the owners can see the neighbouring mountain both through the clerestory to the south and above the wall of the pool courtyard to the west. “The emptiness of the pool courtyard intensifies one’s sense of the mountain,” Jennings notes. “It is a void that works in counterpoint with the solid.”