Studio Christian Wassmann is a “design practice with a passion for realizing idealistic architectural projects that allow users to understand their surroundings in new and different ways. Our designs present discoveries originating from the interconnections of the arts, a love for geometry, and an awareness of the cosmos.”

The New York-based architecture studio recently renovated a 1930s bungalow in Miami Beach, Sun Path House, presenting a new structure that engages in a visual dialogue with the sun. The renovation includes an extensive kitchen that forms a spatial connection to the old house. In the garden stands a spiraling wall that punctures a floating square volume, shading an outdoor dining area below.

“This curved wall is simultaneously structural, functional, and sculptural. Conceptually, the curve, which is based on the sun path diagram of the site, serves as the spine of the project…” The spiral staircase wraps around the chimney of a wood-fired pizza oven. On the roof of the building is a solarium, where the wall maps the path of the sun on the summer solstice. At that time, the sun’s rays reflect off of the wall onto the surface of the deck. The architect explains: “The wall blocks the wind, creating a sense of calm. Solitude can be found under the open sky in this space, which is free of the incursions of everyday life. Time spent in this contemplative space slowly reveals the house’s interactions with the sun.”

 

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