1. Textured walls, comprised of over 800 cast-concrete blocks and fabricated from computer-generated molds, emphasize privacy and create a sense of mystery.
2. The front door, in the windowed space between two opaque volumes, is at the corner of the gently sloping elevated entry courtyard, defined by the L-shaped plan and mahogany wall.
3. The muscular stucco colonnade protects the delicate steel-and-glass windows and doors from wind and storms. The rhythm breaks for an outdoor dining area carved into the volume.
4. Fourteen-foot high steel-framed custom windows and doors bring the outdoors in. Every room on the main floor has a pair of doors that reinforce the inside/outside flow of the ceiling.
5. The colonnade, made of natural stucco, provides shade from the summer sun, and privacy from the oblique view to the private master suite at the far end of the house.
6. A view of an existing Oak tree is framed by the entry sequence and glass front door.
7. Two patterns of cast concrete block, one horizontal and one vertical, weave a complex plaid that captures light and shadow on the computer-generated curvilinear forms.
8. A steel, glass and mahogany hall connects the living areas to the bedroom wing.
9. The colonnade, made of natural stucco, captures light and shadow throughout the day. The garden off the master bedroom suite is sunken for privacy from the elevated pool/patio.
10. These fluid, sensual shapes could never have been hand-carved or cast with conventional means, thereby expressing cutting-edge technologies and fabrication methods.
11. Elements of the curvilinear forms recede to emphasize the verticals in the plaid. The 20” x 20” block is made with sand from the site, establishing a primal and contextual to the land.
12. The panels with exposed joints act as a rain screen.
13. The curvilinear forms capture light and shadow uniquely from different perspectives. Both vertical and horizontal patterns flow around the corner of the rectangular volume.
14. The corners of the block are mitered for crisp pattern continuity.
15. The block is visible from several vantage points inside the house.
16. To heighten the drama of the interior, multiple level changes occur. From the foyer level, the bedrooms are higher, the living room lower, and the sunken “conversation pit” carved out.
17. Fourteen-foot-high ceilings with steel-framed glass windows and doors create an expansive volume, capture sky views and light, and bring the outdoors in.
18. The outdoor dining room is defined by a mahogany-clad pier that warms the space. The cast concrete fireplace surround mirrors the fireplace in the living room.
19. The steel and glass wall turns the corner to western sunset views. The warm travertine floors flow from inside out through a pair of fourteen-foot doors.
20. A corridor with doors at both ends connects a sequence of spaces.
21. The window design recognizes the northeast climate and combines the light, air and view of modern inside/outside summer living with cozy, protected and defined spaces year round.
22. A floating tub in the master bathroom looks east to a private treetop vista.
23. Resin panels screen the shower and sink areas, but afford light. Imbedded branches relate to nature.
24. The L-shaped house responds to the triangular site geometry and constrained buildable area. It is “upside down”: The main living spaces are elevated to capture light and views.
25. The scale of the rooms vary in plan and building section, with different floor levels under one common flat roof plane, to provide a range of grand and intimate spaces.
26. Many design studies and mock ups for the block established the appropriate amount of sculptural effect, flowing curves, size and weight for hand installation, and proper drainage.