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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The couple found New York-based Deborah Berke Partners through a contact affiliated with the Cummins Indy Distribution Center in down- town Indianapolis, which the firm was designing at the time. "It was great to be thinking simultaneously about a way of working in the city and a way of living in this neighborhood," Noah says. Human-Centered Design A key part of the brief was the request that every room be a space the family used in everyday life—no ceremonial dining or living rooms—but also a home they could enjoy with friends. As the design team began to sketch ideas, it seemed fairly obvious to posi- tion the house as a long, north-to-south single-story volume along the clearing. The driveway winds up through the woods on the west, and a sloping mead- ow behind the house faces east. Out of that grew the main organizing principle: arrival and public spaces— living room, dining room, and kitchen— would be in the middle of the house and engage the outdoors in a very trans- This page: The house is a tightly orchestrated study in transparency. Deep overhangs control glare inside. "If this house has a big idea, it's that simple is not a style, but a state of harmony." —Noah Biklen, AIA 63 VOL. 4, 2018 RESIDENTIALDESIGNMAGA ZINE.COM

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