When a Chicago couple approached architect Julie Fisher of fcStudio inc to revive their 4,600-square-foot house, they gave her a virtually blank slate. The only specific element on their wish list? A slide to make traveling from floor to floor a whimsically fun event.
Armed with a set of instructions from her 13-year-old daughter, architectural designer Sharon Davis set to work on crafting an adolescent-friendly treehouse on the family’s 30-acre property near Garrison, New York. Deciding to work with what wasn’t available (a tree), she chose to design something entirely new from the ground up. The result, a small, steel structure with cedar siding, embodies all the important aspects of a tree house, without actually being in a tree.
Tanya and Chris Gamby have called Hawaii home for most of their lives. When they came across a 20-acre parcel that backed up to verdant, rainy valleys and stunning views, Tanya was immediately smitten. “When I saw the land, I thought, ‘I’d sell my soul to live here,’” says Tanya. They bought the property, and then, with $80,000, limited construction experience, and guidance from local architects Ben Sullivan and Tony Hatto, built a temporary hangout made from three 10-by-12-foot modules and dubbed it Ag Shed Villa. The Gamby kids escape their bedroom through a slide repurposed from an old play structure.
When Steve and Alexi Conine first sat down with architect Brad Hoyt to talk about the design of their vacation home in Jackson, Wyoming, they had an unusual feature in mind: an interior slide—one of the many playful details to transpire. It took a craftsman two weeks to shape the fiberglass gelcoat material into the shape of the slide, which connects a hallway off of the kitchen to the first-floor media room.
Designer Ab Rogers approaches commissions with the élan of a specialty chef, providing clients with what he calls a “minestrone of ideas” in the planning stages, which are then distilled down to the selected essentials. In the kitchen of his one of his London projects, a custom sofa offers a soft landing for a roundabout slide, which emerges from a trapdoor in the master bedroom above.