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Q&A with Lance Herbst of Herbst Ar­chi­tects

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Owner An­drew Glenn sees an Asian in­flu­ence in your work, and that’s cer­tainly present here. A lot of peo­ple see those in­flu­ences in our work – it’s not de­lib­er­ate, it’s just that we think about how wood goes to­gether, which is what Ja­panese peo­ple do. Right from the start we talked about the lan­tern moniker – An­drew and Jonathan re­ally liked that, and then we started talk­ing about in­tro­duc­ing a sug­ges­tion of an Asian in­flu­ence in the house. The moon win­dow came in around those dis­cus­sions and seemed like an in­ter­est­ing thing to do. Bat­tens wrap the ex­te­rior of the bed­rooms. That’s al­ways a big call with a client: we’re go­ing to put bars in front of your win­dows – but An­drew and Jonathan got it. We’re al­ways fight­ing this balustrade issue – on the one hand the screen takes away the need for a chunky up­stand – but it also gives an­other ver­sion of the view, which isn’t the same thing as the room next door. Tell us about the cat­walk – what’s the ra­tio­nale? You’ll see this in a lot of our build­ings. If you start un­pack­ing them, a lot of de­ci­sions are around the logic of putting some­thing to­gether. If you imag­ine the site with­out a house, the first thing we do is take the flat bit and put a re­tain­ing wall in place that forms the back sup­port of the big pav­il­ion. That big pav­il­ion is where the con­crete ends – and that’s where the lit­tle mar­ble tiles are. That’s the earth­bound part of the build­ing – every­thing on it is ar­tic­u­lated with earthy ma­te­ri­als, con­crete, tiles and basalt, and then be­comes the pool. It gives you a strik­ing point for the pav­il­ion to go off. It be­comes an or­der­ing de­vice as you move through the build­ing.

1. En­try 2. Court­yard 3. Pool 4. Liv­ing 5. Din­ing 6. Kitchen 7. Bed­room 8. En suite 9. Guest bath­room

Light seeps through rain­screens and glows within the tex­tured in­te­rior.

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