Cogito House


We love infill lots! Not only do we often find those bits of land in amazing neighborhoods, they can also come with mature landscaping. In this case it came with a big tree, right within our buildable footprint. The owner was interested in exploring options to work around the existing trees and shrubs. We developed a courtyard house concept, with two 3/4 courtyards, one as the main entry area, and one as a private dining patio. These courtyards divide the house into a public and a private wing. The journey between those spaces makes the house feel a lot more spacious.

Fun Fact: A floor plan like this really works best with a flat roof. With sloped roofs this project became a house sized puzzle game. The pictures show different variations we explored, as well as the final roof. After a lot of tweaking we managed to get all the eaves around each courtyard to the same height. Phew!



Sophia Sparklin

Growing up in a family with generations in medical practice, Sophia discovered her passion for architecture during an internship 1996. Since then Sophia received formal and informal education in Germany and the US. At Arizona State University she was honored by the Henry Adams Certificate for graduating on top of her (Master of Architecture) class in 2005.