Residential Design

VOL3 2019

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

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"We wanted the kitchen to be almost like a piece of furniture viewed from the living room." The focal point of this space is a striking concrete wall that holds three Vibeke-designed vitrines displaying a collection of turned wood pieces. "When you pull on the glass pendulums, the cases go down to let you access the pieces," she says. Every move, however rough or finely wrought, contributes to the overall impression of control. "It was import- ant to me that whatever the end result, it wouldn't surprise me," Vibeke says. "I had to say what is acceptable and how I would achieve it—not what could work but would take three or four more steps and was not what the job was bid on." For example, the metal ties that left an indented cone shape on the concrete panels were simply sealed with 5,000 plugs to prevent rusting metal from streaking the façade. "The East Wing of the National Gallery of Art in Washington is a good example of pristine concrete," she says. "This doesn't look like the museum, but it doesn't look like a basement, either. That control was always a challenge. Once I let go, I know my crew is going to do whatever they can to the best of their ability. You have to weigh who you are working with and what is their capacity to be precise." Vibeke sometimes escapes the city to work in the pool house. However, "last year was the first summer it was occu- pied, and I realized I'd designed the house for everyone other than myself," she says. "I just submitted a design for an addition that will be a dedicated office. We need a setup of things that we refer to often or that make us creative, and it's not a space you can necessarily share with other people for a long time." Thanks to care- ful planning, though, come hell or high water, this property is something she can share far into the future. The outbuilding's main level is recessed and the second level cantilevered to preserve water views for a guest room in the main building. Both buildings enjoy proximity to the pool and outdoor entertaining areas, as well as long views to the river. 66 RESIDENTIALDESIGNMAGA ZINE.COM VOL. 3, 2019 DESIGN LAB CLIMATE CHAMELEONS

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