See how one architect takes a bunk room to a whole new level
Often in PSD’s design work, the architectural idea of associationism is at play—a kind of symbolism in which house forms hint at other types of forms, like ships. Here, PSD took associationism a step further, playing more literally to the idea of a tugboat. The 600-square-foot bunk room wing is divided into two floors, which altogether can sleep nine. Everything here is built-in, including the bunks themselves, designed to resemble the berths of a ship. The first floor consists of a center king bed and a set of bunks on one side of the room, with a double and twin bed. Wave patterns are seen in the wainscoting and headboard wall of the standalone king bed. At the center of a slatted “screen wall” above on the second floor, which includes two more sets of bunks, are fancifully engraved, flat images of waves and a tugboat hull, made of mahogany.
“It’s like an architectural billboard—a sign that represents waves and a boat on the ocean,” DaSilva explains of the screen wall. Standing on the second floor, looking out through the window to the view of the water beyond, it’s as if you’re standing in the wheelhouse of a tugboat—as if you’re setting sail at the helm of a ship.
“PSD really outdid themselves,” says the homeowner. “You can describe the bunk room to people, but then when they walk in they’re like, ‘Oh my gosh!’” For DaSilva, “It’s a playroom for kids,” he says, “but hopefully it makes adults feel like kids too.”
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