Cut Paw Paw is a structure that is deliberately incomplete. The owners asked that the house be ridiculously inside-out. The central space is an unclad frame within and surrounded by garden. It is both inside and outside. It is both garden and home.
Setting aside the simple domestic-variety binary of inside and outside, Cut Paw Paw challenges the typical notions of how we might use our outdoor spaces in an inventive and playful way. A key element in unlocking the potential of the project brief is the straightforward row of steel portal frames behind the freestanding weatherboard home. Deliberately flirting with notions of the incomplete and the partially demolished, this project has a dynamism that lets the user take advantage of the best the climate offers, while also offering shelter when is needs to. While the new industrial arbor utilizes a good amount of the available site, this project also shows that the architects know when to leave things well alone – the generous strip of less-defined open space grants all the living areas, both indoor and outdoor, year-round access to summer sun. Cut Paw Paw is an intriguing and discerning surmise at what our outdoor spaces can be.