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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Top: Studio for a Writer began a long client-architect relationship that has continued from this building's inception more than 10 years ago to this day. The building actually creates three spaces at once—a garden area, an outdoor room, and a studio space. Above: The Memory Chapel plan became "central" to the plan of Dadu Dadu, a new detached accessory dwelling for Rob's neighbor. The neighbor plans to occupy the new 799-square-foot unit (1 square foot smaller than the city allows) while renting out the main house. "The chapel plan became central to Dadu Dadu house [an accessory dwelling unit designed for a neighbor]. The fantasy houses actually do have us think about things independent of a client that can roll back to our work." His scholarly savvy keeps Rob abreast of fellowship opportunities to endow the unpaid work. And his small office of three fulltime staff is happily along for the ride, working on both the client and conceptual commissions. "I'm not going to say I'm an incredible businessman," Rob admits. "But we try to keep the installation and con- ceptual projects to about 25–30 percent of the work, and the real work at about 75 percent. I'm not interested in just doing the fantasy work." That's a good thing, because the "real work" is gathering steam, with the firm earning recognition for Courtyard House on a River and other evocative projects. Yes, many of them do have blackened exteriors. Those Scandinavian houses are deeply embedded in Rob's memory as he helps weave new memories for others. –S. Claire Conroy Photo: Lara Swimmer Photo: Courtesy Robert Hutchinson Architecture VOL. 4, 2017 RESIDENTIALDESIGNMAGAZINE.COM 21

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