Dog's Breakfast House
"Dog's Breakfast has been British slang for a complete mess since at least the 1930s. While no one took the time to write down the exact origin of the phrase, the allusion involved seems to be a failed culinary effort, perhaps a burned or botched omelet, fit only for consumption by the mouth of the last resort, Fido. As a vivid figure of speech meaning something so fouled up as to be utterly useless, "dog's breakfast" can cover anything from a play plagued by collapsing scenary to a space mission ruined by mathematical error. The phrase is heard occassionally in the U.S., but is more common in the U.K. and Commonwealth countries" (Urban Dictionary).
Architects are typically trained to embrace context - separate new from old and in a way that treats the past with reverence. But how should architects respond to physical context that is a complete mess? We tried many different options; most of these led nowhere as wholes, but fragments of some iterations were collaged with other into our current proposal.
PAUL MICHAEL ARCHITECTS, PLLC All Rights Reserved 1221 E Pike St #300 Seattle WA 98122 USA (206) 890-9229
Name: Dog's Breakfast
Completion: In Construction
Location: Redmond, WA USA
Scope: Small addition to an existing house, filling in
an existing outdoor courtyard with a triple
height media room space connecting a poorly
Area: 3300 SF
Architect: Paul Michael Davis
Structural: Karl Rosman
Contractor: Denis Holzknecht
Inglewood Construction Inc.