Invisible from the road, the house is approached obliquely via a driveway. The program for this house, for a family with six children, included an unusually large number of bedrooms and bathrooms. At the same time, the design required a clearly defined relationship of public to private space.
The circulation system became the major organizing element in the design. A freestanding steel column, adjacent to a small gatehouse, is a signpost indicating the beginning of pedestrian movement. From here, the front façade screens the bulk of the house from view, while a glazed cutout around the doorway allows a glimpse through the house along the axis of the circulation spine.
This spine finds expression in a ramp that unfolds into the upper levels of the house. A third-floor skylight admits a column of natural light that bisects the axis of the circulation spine. This motif establishes a theme of light infiltration from various directions.
Building Photography: Ezra Stoller/ESTO
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