The Um­brella House: Cal­cu­lated Re­lax­ation

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De­signed for Philip Hiss in 1953, Paul Ru­dolph’s Um­brella House looks like an elab­o­rate sun­shade that just so hap­pens to have a house un­der­neath. With a pool deck that takes up more length than the ac­tual res­i­dence, the Um­brella House is a hy­brid of trop­i­cal re­lax­ation and mod­ern de­sign.

• STRUC­TURE. The 17-foot para­sol, com­bined with its ad­ja­cent two-story home, gives the Um­brella House a lofty ef­fect rem­i­nis­cent of a sump­tu­ous sea­side re­sort.

• MA­TE­RIAL. The frame­work of the house works hand-in-hand to re­veal a con­nec­tion to mod­ern de­sign and na­ture. The thin wood­work still shows that this is a work of min­i­mal­ism, while the spa­ces in be­tween al­low sun­light to trickle through.

• SPACE. The gen­er­ous amount of space per­me­at­ing both the in­side and out­side of the Um­brella House serves two pur­poses. It ap­peals to Paul’s spa­cious view of mod­ernism and of­fers un­in­ter­rupted views.

PAUL RU­DOLPH: THE FLORIDA HOUSES BY CHRISTO­PHER DOMIN AND JOSEPH KING, PUB­LISHED BY PRINCE­TON AR­CHI­TEC­TURAL PRESS, © 2016; PA­PRESS.COM.

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