Private Residence

A rural site, well wooded, low lying and subject to flooding, gave rise to the idea of creating this building on a podium.
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The house, in addition to being constructed of white painted brick, has slots located on the entry side, flush glazed and clear with fritted surfaces to mute their presence. These allow subtle pools of warm late afternoon light. All of the glass is low iron, water clear, high efficiency and insulated in narrow white aluminum frames.

The house, in addition to being constructed of white painted brick, has slots located on the entry side, flush glazed and clear with fritted surfaces to mute their presence. These allow subtle pools of warm late afternoon light. All of the glass is low iron, water clear, high efficiency and insulated in narrow white aluminum frames.

The roof is covered with high efficiency solar collectors and rainwater is stored in cisterns for re-use while house graywater serves to irrigate the grass of the platform. The heat pump system uses ground water as a thermal source/reservoir and delivers tempered water for radiant heating and cooling to the floors.

The roof is covered with high efficiency solar collectors and rainwater is stored in cisterns for re-use while house graywater serves to irrigate the grass of the platform. The heat pump system uses ground water as a thermal source/reservoir and delivers tempered water for radiant heating and cooling to the floors.

At the South and East, a plane of this glass 24 feet tall is dropped between the wide brick wall terminations. The fine grid of exceptionally thin mullions, 2 feet apart, lend a light residential scale to the otherwise quiet presence.  On the entry side will be a single magnificent Japanese Maple lending color and a dappled shadow against the texture of brick on the soft white walls and a counter point to a singular Ellsworth Kelly sculpture.

At the South and East, a plane of this glass 24 feet tall is dropped between the wide brick wall terminations. The fine grid of exceptionally thin mullions, 2 feet apart, lend a light residential scale to the otherwise quiet presence. On the entry side will be a single magnificent Japanese Maple lending color and a dappled shadow against the texture of brick on the soft white walls and a counter point to a singular Ellsworth Kelly sculpture.

Model

Model

Concealed behind the roof parapet are twin fans, high volume, very low speed (a reincarnation of the attic fan of yore). They draw air in through the doors and up out of this tall space, which has its own thermal draft stack effect. A skylight the length of the west wall of the Master bedroom give long shadows above the bed, cosseted in a cabinet shelf, obviating the clutter of loose night tables. The Children and guests occupy their own wing.

Concealed behind the roof parapet are twin fans, high volume, very low speed (a reincarnation of the attic fan of yore). They draw air in through the doors and up out of this tall space, which has its own thermal draft stack effect. A skylight the length of the west wall of the Master bedroom give long shadows above the bed, cosseted in a cabinet shelf, obviating the clutter of loose night tables. The Children and guests occupy their own wing.

The building serves as a backdrop to two strong interests of the client, Modern Art and Landscape. The extensive solid walls inside, 10’ ceilings, set off by dark red/brown brick waxed pavers downstairs and ebonized wood upstairs with 9’ ceilings provide ample backdrop for great paintings. The skylight entry stair and sculpture hall, a replay of a great southern architectural tradition, serves as the lung of the house forestalling the use of air conditioning.

The building serves as a backdrop to two strong interests of the client, Modern Art and Landscape. The extensive solid walls inside, 10’ ceilings, set off by dark red/brown brick waxed pavers downstairs and ebonized wood upstairs with 9’ ceilings provide ample backdrop for great paintings. The skylight entry stair and sculpture hall, a replay of a great southern architectural tradition, serves as the lung of the house forestalling the use of air conditioning.

Concept Diagram

Concept Diagram

A rural site, well wooded, low lying and subject to flooding, gave rise to the idea of creating this building on a podium.  Dialogue between the man-made and the natural is heightened by leaving everything outside of the platform untouched, to contrast with the pure geometric forms of the building with its white painted brick and glass walls atop clipped grass planes modulated with specimen trees.

A rural site, well wooded, low lying and subject to flooding, gave rise to the idea of creating this building on a podium. Dialogue between the man-made and the natural is heightened by leaving everything outside of the platform untouched, to contrast with the pure geometric forms of the building with its white painted brick and glass walls atop clipped grass planes modulated with specimen trees.


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