The Umbrella House: Calculated Relaxation
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.