The lightBOX addition to the house is a considerably more complex affair, but shares the design DNA of the studio carport addition. When complete they should have a nice dialogue within the backyard, which at the very core, was the impetus for the addition.
In most of the existing housing stock from the last century, houses were objects set within the field of the lot. Small apertures in those houses allowed glimpses of the surrounding yards, and some houses were lucky enough to have modest porches at the front entry, but by and large the rear yard was a wholly separate space from that of the house, accessible only through a small kitchen door and through standard windows.
Seeing as the client was interested in making the most of the rear yard, and wanted a more direct connection with what will inevitably be a tropical paradise of a yard, the addition and the new carport/studio were pushed to the setback line to the north of the yard, effectively taking over the space previously occupied by a decrepit garage and a disused driveway. In this way the new construction offers a new prospect onto the yard and allows it into the new living spaces visually, and during the frequent beautiful weather, allows the new spaces to flow directly into the yard through the large sliding glass openings.