Residential Design

Vol 4, 2017

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

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Left: Lorem Ipsum Cillab isitatem rest, ulpa quis re, autate dolorrovid mos maxim voluptatisit et inven- dus modis nus mod quis nonem. PRO-FILE D Top to bottom: Two of the firm's conceptual Memory House projects explore Rob's personal experience of losing his father, who dreamed of making wine on his riverfront property. Rob had earlier designed a winery building for his father (unbuilt), and it became the existing condition for two later conceptual projects: Chapel and Columbarium building and Memory House for a Widow, which incorporates a boathouse. Photos: Mark Woods Photography fellowship that endows accomplished professionals in the arts and humanities with the time and creative space to pursue their best ideas. While there, Rob did some heavy lifting on his Memory Houses proj- ect, which will culminate in an exhibition at the Gallery4Culture in May next year and ultimately, he hopes, a book on the same subject. "What is a Memory House?" you might ask. For Rob and his firm, they are a series of eight conceptual projects that will be fully conceived and executed to the point of construction—but not built. Well, they will all be built as detailed physical models and rendered in a number of other different ways, but they will not be constructed on site. So far, the firm has completed four of the eight structures and, although they are not all strictly for human habitation, all explore the idea of shelter. Bitter Fruit The idea for the long-term exploration began with a very personal experience for Rob. His father, with whom he was very close, developed dementia as a side effect of a rare illness. For Rob, who lived 3,000 miles away from his parents, this meant a quicker unraveling of their relationship— as they were without the aide-memoire of physical presence to prompt his father. Struggling with how to stay close from afar, Rob thought of an unbuilt project he had designed for his parents some time 18 RESIDENTIALDESIGNMAGAZINE.COM VOL. 4, 2017

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