A concrete block with balustrades full of green. That's how we can best describe this special 'Sun Path House'. The amazing house was designed by Studio Christian Wassmann and is inspired by the sun path, an apparent movement of the sun in the sky during the course of the day. The whole house is a combination of the concrete building with a bungalow from the thirties. The main goal of this complex in Miami is to stimulate the health and vitality of the residents through the sun! The sun path, as found in the name of the house, was therefore a great source of inspiration for the design. The shape of the house was determined by the path that the sun makes during the summer solstice. It could also be compared to a gigantic tree house, because it looks a bit like that from the outside: a large, square volume stands on top of a spiral-shaped wall. In this way, shadow is also provided in the garden. The spiral wall is both structural, functional and sculptural. It really functions as the spine of the project. The concrete structure is an extension of the existing house and serves as a central living space for a chef and his family. An extensive kitchen forms a spatial connection with the old house. There is also a living room, bathroom, master bedroom and a sun terrace on the roof. In the garden, there’s an outdoor kitchen with a pizza oven, barbecue and marble table. The whole upper part of the structure is made of glass, so there is a lot of natural light and you can also enjoy the view of the garden and the greenery of the climbing plants around the cables on the outside of the glass. These provide extra privacy.
"The time you spend in the rooms, especially in the open, contemplative space on the roof, slowly reveals the house's interaction with the sun.”
On the roof you will also find a solarium where the path of the sun during the summer solstice is mapped on the wall. "The time you spend in the rooms and especially in the open, contemplative space on the roof slowly reveals the interaction of the house with the sun," says the architect. © Images Lukas Wassmann, Todd Eberle & Casey Kelbaugh