Residential Design

VOL4 2019

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

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the idea of taking what was always seen as the bad stuff and hidden from view, and displaying it prominently as a major feature of the design," he says. Ironically, unbeknownst to Larry at the time, the brick has become desirable today as supplies dwindle. But it is solid, irregular, and difficult to install. The team ended up working with a manu- facturer to produce new bricks that look like Chicago common brick, a tricky process of choosing the right percentage of yellows, reds, and pinks. Getting the front wall's twirling columns just right was equally compli- cated. Over many iterations, the team mapped out the rotation of each brick on a computer. "We made a lot of animated 3D video clips, making the user move to see the effects of what we did," Larry says. "Some bricks go from flat to 90 degrees. The idea was to create a surface that undulates and you can see through; using the rationalization or computer helped us turn that into easy components that are understandable and constructible." Like a painter on canvas, this is the architect's interpre- tation of something that flows and moves. "A piece I really like was done by one of my colleagues at USC who is also a well-known choreographer," Larry says. "He did improvisational pieces with light and his body, creating shape through the in- teraction of light and movement. I think of it as experiments or a moment as opposed to some finite and fixed design." The wall's relative ease of construc- tion belied its complexity, though the team tested various ways to install it. One of the earlier ideas was to slide the bricks down vertical rods like beads on a chain. However, working with an engineer, they figured out that, because the This page: Interior finishes are simple and sleek, allowing the eyes to move freely along sightlines inside and outside the house. Capturing curated exterior views is a trick Larry Scarpa learned from his days working for architect Gene Leedy in Florida. "The outside space becomes part of the inside space because it's squeezed into the building." "I think of it as experiments or a moment as opposed to some finite and fixed design." —Larry Scarpa 35 VOL. 4, 2019 RESIDENTIALDESIGNMAGA ZINE.COM

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