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The true genius of this home really stems from the beginning conversations between Keith and the homeowners. The homeowners were able to recollect certain moments and memories in their life that provided inspiration points and Keith was able to incorporate that into the vision. They opened their minds to explore possibilities that the home could provide. When the client/architect relationship is open and constructive, that is when the magic of collaboration happens. Keith and his team pride themselves in their ability to interpret feelings and artfully transform them into a design. This partnership proved to be remarkably successful in communication and application. Meetings, discussions, explorations- all led to the organic roots of the project.


Modernism. Nature. Movement.



The team would work within nature to create the form the home would take and keep natural components like rigidity.



Garden on Eden would be special but not ostentatious. It would live within nature and reveal itself gradually. Peeking through landscape; hidden from obvious view behind retaining walls and lush foliage. A celebration of nature. As you enter through the courtyard the home begins to reveal itself. But not before you discover the Fibonacci spiral!



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  • Shaw Design Associates

On the plane home, from Germany, is where many of the sketches for the “Garden on Eden” home originated. Keith Shaw, Principle Architect at Shaw Design, and 10 fellow Industry Professionals had just returned home from a study in conceptual design and construction techniques, contrasting what is typically done in the States. In Germany, the group had become intrigued by the various and different approaches applied to achieve better quality, so off they went to explore further. The goal was to elevate the current way they build and create, with hopes to exceed code and current expectations.


The group explored workshops from wood and PVC to custom hardware. They researched energy codes and immersed themselves in structural techniques. One of the more noteworthy moments happened when they were enveloped in a building with a true, meaningful indoor/ outdoor concept. The building was alive, and it was tremendously inspiring. Natural elements of the outdoors were incorporated into the spaces and the energy it created was palpable.

Keith left Germany with an enlightened and fresh approach to his newest clients’ home. Pencil to paper, he began to draw those original and inspired designs.


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