Architectural Design Detail – Pivoting Wood Screens

This modern house features a facade with a large limestone wall, that surrounds an array of delicate wood screens that have been used to create privacy for guest bedrooms. #WoodScreens #Architecture #ModernHouse

Photography by Steve Tsai

 

When Paul Raff Design were tasked with the renovation and addition to an existing residence in Toronto, Canada, they decided to install a row of pivoting wood screens.

Approaching the house, the 142 foot (43m) front facade is articulated with a long, low Algonquin limestone wall, with a taller volume of dark raked stucco beyond.

This modern house features a facade with a large limestone wall, that surrounds an array of delicate wood screens that have been used to create privacy for guest bedrooms. #WoodScreens #Architecture #ModernHouse

Photography by Ben Rahn / A-Frame (top) and Steve Tsai (bottom)

Within the frame of the limestone wall, an array of delicate wood screens creates a composed entrance forecourt. The screens, fabricated in reclaimed Douglas Fir, provide privacy for the guest bedrooms, while allowing them discreet garden views.


This modern house features a facade with a large limestone wall, that surrounds an array of delicate wood screens that have been used to create privacy for guest bedrooms. #WoodScreens #Architecture #ModernHouse

Photography by Steve Tsai (top) and Ben Rahn / A-Frame (bottom)

The screens also have a visually complex three-dimensional, filigree form, and are detailed with dark metal fasteners, an approach directly inspired by traditional craftsmanship of Korean antiques.


This modern house features a facade with a large limestone wall, that surrounds an array of delicate wood screens that have been used to create privacy for guest bedrooms. #WoodScreens #Architecture #ModernHouse

Photography by Steve Tsai

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