MGarito | Design | Living Aperture
Live / Work Residence 01 Project completed at the Southern California Institute of Architecture SCI-Arc Copyright Michael Garito of MGarito.com Live / Work Residence 02 Project completed at the Southern California Institute of Architecture SCI-Arc Copyright Michael Garito of MGarito.com Live / Work Residence 03 Project completed at the Southern California Institute of Architecture SCI-Arc Copyright Michael Garito of MGarito.com Live / Work Residence 04 Project completed at the Southern California Institute of Architecture SCI-Arc Copyright Michael Garito of MGarito.com Live / Work Residence 05 Project completed at the Southern California Institute of Architecture SCI-Arc Copyright Michael Garito of MGarito.com Live / Work Residence 06 Project completed at the Southern California Institute of Architecture SCI-Arc Copyright Michael Garito of MGarito.com Live / Work Residence 07 Project completed at the Southern California Institute of Architecture SCI-Arc Copyright Michael Garito of MGarito.com Live / Work Residence 08 Project completed at the Southern California Institute of Architecture SCI-Arc Copyright Michael Garito of MGarito.com Live / Work Residence 09 Project completed at the Southern California Institute of Architecture SCI-Arc Copyright Michael Garito of MGarito.com Live / Work Residence 10 Project completed at the Southern California Institute of Architecture SCI-Arc Copyright Michael Garito of MGarito.com
Live / Work Residence 01 Project completed at the Southern California Institute of Architecture SCI-Arc Copyright Michael Garito of MGarito.com

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SciArc
Fall 2008
Instructor R. Diaz-Granados

This residence was designed with a photographer as the prospective resident. You may have guessed that from the title because of my use of the word aperture and the connection one can draw from aperture to camera to photographer. For me the word aperture is less of a mechanism and more of a point of connection between the project elements, which creates a sensation within the space.

In a camera, the aperture serves as a method for controlling the amount of light that enters. here the aperture controls the quality of the light that enters the space and in turn affects the experience one has when they occupy the space.

Locating the apertures became critical to creating the experience. the primary apertures have been intertwined with the staircase that rises from the entrance, thought the main living space, and up to the master suit. There are several windows within the project, though i do not consider them all apertures. windows serve a simpler task they allow a view, where as the aperture creates a lighting effect and in turn a sensation. The light that penetrates the outer shell through he apertures adjacent the staircase is reflected and refracted then filtered through a dense mesh before being allowed into the space.

To further illustrate this point all south facing windows are tinted, camouflaged really, to blend into the mass, creating the illusion of the impenetrable mass from the exterior along the main street. On the other side of the project, at the entrance, the glazing is a continuous wall three stories tall facing north to allow ambient light to enter on every floor of the residence. From the exterior, this unbroken glass wall frames the staircase rising through the project. In many regards the staircase takes on the role of Frank Loyd Wright’s hearth and the aperture becomes the point of connection between liner and shell at the stair. making the stair case viewable and occupiable experience.