Residential Design

VOL.6 2018

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

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With 16-foot ceilings and glass walls, the atmospheric great room became the place for entertaining, but it also feels intimate day to day. Dark paneling on the ceiling brings it down visually while reinforcing the notion of horizontal planes, as do the exterior louvers on the upper part of the glass walls and the lower trellises that wrap the great room. Other human-scale moves included dropping the ceiling down over the family room and breakfast area, and the great room's linear fireplace is moderate- ly sized. Those elements, while striking a lower scale, also allow the room to feel light, airy, and impressive. Everything revolves around the kitchen, of course, and it too figures into the careful calibration of com- pression and expansion, light and dark that affects the main living space's scale and mood. White Poggenpohl cabinetry, found on sale in New York City, is mixed with darker custom cabinetry made of stained ash to match the wood in the rest of the house. And sliding panels on the counter between the kitchen and great room can screen out some of the cooking activity. Silk paintings by a Chinese artist were laminated onto the glass panels to add visual interest. Sitting atop the perpendicular wing, the media room and porch are another living space whose proportions and scale play with the sense of prospect and shelter. Allison calls it "a compressed space between floor and roof." Roof decks can feel uncomfortable if they are too open, she says. Under the flat, cantilevered roof, accordion doors open the media room to the roof deck, where a double-sided concrete fireplace divides the seating and dining areas. That porch fireplace has a steel moment frame that picks up the load of the wing's robust steel beams and transfers them down into a closet two stories below. "Because there are no walls to provide lateral stability against wind flow, the steel beams had to be rigid so the structure wouldn't twist," Allison says. "The wing's two levels are articulated to bring down the scale of the depth of that structure." In the master bedroom wing, a library and home office are divided by an open fireplace that preserves the water views. "When you're arriving at a Japanese house, the experience of enter- ing is always a surprise. There is that about this house as well." —Allison Ewing, AIA 54 RESIDENTIALDESIGNMAGA ZINE.COM VOL. 6, 2018 DESIGN LAB ARCHITECTURAL PROMENADES

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