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Brookline House reimagines a 1940s catalogue home to contemporary living. Axial window apertures define spaces within spaces.
Plum Island House
Plum Island House celebrates the vernacular, the voluptuous, and the volumetric. Rising from the dunes of a New England barrier island, the house looks like a found object. Cedar shingles generate new form while responding to existing conditions: patterning a gradient over the façade that both invites and receives weathering; mediating seamlessly as three curvilinear volumes peel back from their orthogonal base.
Carr House gathers the geology of Johnstown, Ohio, into an above-ground shelter. Rubble discarded from local limestone quarries is collaged into liquid concrete; when cured, the composite assembly is tilted vertically. Exterior corners slip past right angles, exposing volumes that are both rugged and smooth. Carr House reappraises the value of debris, utilizing riprap as a finish material.
Tesuque Studio is a concrete tilt-up structure that hovers between earthbound and ethereal. Five walls are poured directly on the ground, taking its texture with them into the vertical plane. Flat formwork translates to a five-sided volume as curved edges collude in three cylindrical roof slopes. The resulting building, a ceramic workshop and gallery in Tesuque, New Mexico, all but dissolves into its desert site.
Tilt-Up Pavilion brings a playful approach to generic construction techniques. Five concrete walls are poured on-site and hoisted into place, their exposed edges revealing – layer after layer – the time it took to make them. Cold joints, pick points, and structural embeds become central actors, as the construction process reveals its theatrical leanings.
Halo is part-salon, part-school, and part-clinic, designed for women and girls coping with cancer. Multiple compounding textures present the idea of “cosmetic” as generating both ornament and figure. Perimeter walls emulate the sensibilities of their surface material: playful, dreamy, and cloud-like.
HillGarten punctuates a sense of meander. Nestled within a leisurely landscape, a double gabled roof provides a communal respite, propped up by belly columns in the round.
Serriframe keeps a low profile as it tiptoes through Boston’s neighborhoods. The system borrows brick to knowingly subvert it, rendering a reverse bond pattern in weathered steel. Serriframe is conspicuous camouflage: rigidly versatile, materially transparent. Experienced in motion, Serriframe becomes a flicker in the urban scene.
Dimple Chair combines traditional handcraft with digital fabrication. Timeless woodworking techniques shape the chair’s figure, while the pre-programmed CNC machine carves sundry impressions into the grain of the seat.
Phantom Fictions asks if mirage can be material. Situated in the Straits of Messina, this proto-architecture measures atmospheric gradations while visually indexing them, perpetuating the fiction of Fata Morgana with air as both material and performer.