The Birth of a Home – Yellowstone Club Montana Mountain House

What happens when you get a bunch of architects together for a camping weekend (you know who you are!) and then ask them to collaborate on the design of the perfect mountain home… This is their design sketch and my interpretation of it. The similarities are eerie aren’t they? Thanks to all – especially to the one who drew the cute little heart, obviously marking the kitchen, which we all know is the heart of any home! And, the Yin-Yang. Clearly, without balance (and a few load bearing-walls and maybe some beams) the home would topple over 😉 .

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The Magically Floating Roof – Modern house Ladue, Missouri

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Notice the roof of this house appears to float above the walls. Aside from the obvious aesthetic appeal, the transparent glass gap between the walls and the roof allow the interior to “seep” outside and the outside to “flow” inside the house. This has the affect of making the interior spaces appear visually larger to the people within because their perception of space is not completely stopped by the walls. They may look over and around the walls. To achieve this, we constructed a steel frame within the home, set back from the exterior walls (much like the core of a skyscraper), that holds up the roof and floors. It also stiffens the home and prevents it from folding like a proverbial house of cards.

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Designing In-between

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Quick sketches deconstructing the traditional gable home – just asking the question “how much can you break apart the design of a traditional home and still retain the iconic essence of a house?” At what point does the home become a modern sculpture and lose whatever it is that says to people “I’m a house”?

While I love and embrace modern, sculptural homes that look nothing at all like traditional homes, I am fascinated by design that falls in between. It is easy to design a traditional home, following historical rules, or a modern home with no aesthetic constraints, but designing a unique home that defies categorization? Now, that is a challenge worth exploring.