When Tina Scala and EJ Meade, built their home last year, they had more experience than the average homebuilder. Tina has lived and worked across the globe, enabling her to understand that there is plenty of room for playfulness in good design. EJ is the principal and co-founder of award-winning architecture firm Arch11, and has a predilection for the close relationship between art and architecture. The two collaborated on the design and building of two previous projects. The new home sits next to another EJ designed for his family twenty years ago.
Lúdica lies in the heart of Boulder’s historically-influenced Whitter district. The home is designed as a conversation between the architectural fabric of the neighborhood and the space and light indicative of modern architecture. The distilled gable form houses 4 bedrooms and 3.5 baths. The space is both art vessel and a light-filled sculpture. Jerry Wingren’s standing stone greets visitors at the front; works by local and international modern artists grace the walls. The door hardware is mix of designs by EJ and Peter Bohlin.
The playfulness of the home is reflected in a masterful entertaining kitchen and a secret event living beyond a bookcase, which handily performs its day job, and then reveals a powder room magically illuminated by a camera obscura by Colorado Artist, Ethan Jackson. The chic neutral living room rocks a bold statement sofa where the sun-drenched space beckons gathering. Crossing a sculpture-lined bridge to a spiral stair, one is enticed to a private roof deck. The home is a composition of light, line and object, belonging to both its place and time while elevating daily life to sophisticated and lighthearted play.