Residential Design

VOL.4. 2018

A business-to-business magazine focused on the collaborative process and talented work of residential architects and custom homebuilders.

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Artery House KANSAS CITY, MO. HUFFT Contemporary art is a big business these days, with pieces by prominent artists such as Cindy Sherman and Jeff Koons fetching millions of dollars. But the contemporary art these homeowners collect is big in another way. After years of displaying large-format pieces in their beautiful old traditional home, they were running out of staging areas. The philanthropic couple also hosts large events several times a year, and some events were so big that the couple would shut down the block and put up a tent. Several years ago they decided to commission an even larger work of modern art: a three-level house de- signed by Hufft. The firm happens to be local, but it has done quite a bit of cultural and curatorial work for New York City galleries, as well as designing the Exposition Exhibition Expedition Pavilion (Ex3) at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. It was simply icing on the cake that principal Matthew Hufft also had a personal connection with the clients, having grown up with the wife. Channeling Chagall The couple requested a house and art gallery—specifically both. Situated on a 1-acre corner lot, the house's dedicated art space is subterranean. Its cast-in- place concrete entrance is cut into a hill on the side street so that visitors can walk in at grade. "We knew that to make the gallery successful, it couldn't feel like a basement, and we needed on- grade access to the street so we could get large sculpture in and out," Matthew says. The main level is entered from the 39 VOL. 4, 2018 RESIDENTIALDESIGNMAGA ZINE.COM

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