INTERCHANGE was conceived by William Kaven as a modern domus and organized the plan around a central court. As an alternate to dividing the site into the simplistic terms of front yard and back yard, the courtyard becomes the outdoor circulation and the destination that unifies all activities. One is never entirely indoors or outdoors, rather continually living amongst the two environments, with the slender rooms borrowing light, air, and view from beyond the threshold; and the courtyard extending its own boundaries through the three-sided reflections of itself in the glass that surrounds it.
The American Institute of Architects recognized William Kaven Architecture for the exemplary design of this project with an AIA Merit Award in 2011.
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