Residential Design

Vol 1, 2018

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

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dedicated rooms in the Western style, a single large, open flex-space easily modified with movable folding screens. In this, their very first independent work, the Raymonds were integrating culture, region, climate, and seismic building conditions, while building in a totally modern abstract idiom. Whitaker highlighted the success of the Raymonds in this pre–World War II period—building schools, churches, factories, office buildings, banks, clubs, and residences, as well as a parade of embassies and diplomatic buildings. He went in depth on the 1927-28 Italian Embassy Villa at Lake Chuzenji—an early synthesis between Western (and somewhat Wrightian) modernism and Japanese vernacular building traditions. Whitaker explained the Raymonds' use of salvaged bark from trees for the building's timber framing and exterior sheathing, applied in a folk checkered pattern. Whitaker then contrasted the embassy to the Ray- monds' 1930–33 concrete Akaboshi Kisuke House in Tokyo. Although it was thoroughly International Style and could easily have been built in Switzer- land or France at the time, Whitaker pointed to the house's tatami mat floors and reminded us that tatami is a Japa- nese system of proportion called "ken" and very different from Western module systems. He also noted that Noémi's bent tubular steel chairs were designed so that they can easily glide without damaging the tatami mats. At this point, Whitaker credited the Raymonds with mentoring many young Japanese architects, among them Kunio Maekawa, Junzo Sakakura, and, most notably, Junzo Yoshimura, who helped the Raymonds deepen their under- standing of the subtleties and philosophical dimension of traditional Japanese architecture. The 1931 Weekend Cot- The Raymonds' first independent work was their Reinanzaka house and studio in Tokyo, blending Western and Eastern influences in earthquake-resistant design. Photo: Courtesy John DeFazio/CRAN 61 VOL. 1, 2018 RESIDENTIALDESIGNMAGA ZINE.COM Occasionally Beauty Is A Beast Powder Coated Heavy Gauge Galvanized STEEL Sometimes You Just Have To Look Closely Dryer Wall Vents aesthetically complement every home's exterior, and they are well built. Their underlying strength is thanks to a heavy gauge galvanized steel frame that is powder coated. It stands the test of time. Selecting the Dryer Wall Vent as an architectural accent–or even as a component that blends in–will help you keep your beautiful home exteriors well...Beautiful. DWV4W DWV4T DWV4B Choose A Modern Termination And Eliminate Exterior Blemishes FOR MORE INFO CIRCLE 10

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