Straddling an existing family garden fence line, this open-air structure was designed to act both as a gateway as well as a storage space for various gardening equipment and supplies. As the third member of a family of accessory structures, the garden gateway maintains the ranch's structural materiality through the use of oil field pipe as a superstructure and exoskeleton, as well as a corrugated metal skin. Along with a concrete slab, these materials achieve the building's lightness on the land as well as maintaining the legacy of a multi-generation oil family.
Sustainable design elements include:
- Use of reclaimed Cypress for shelving
- Use of readily available Oil Industry Pipe for structure
- Passive shading through deep overhangs and cantilever
- Use of low maintence high durability materials
Principle: John J. Grable FAIA
Project Team: Matthew Martinez
General Contractor: Jeff Truax
Engineer: Aaron Staas
Photographer: John J. Grable FAIA & Matthew Martinez
Location: Sisterdale, TX
Building Area: 96 SQ. FT.
Status: Built April 2012
Awards: 2013 Residential Architect Design Award - Outbuilding Merit Award