NEIGHBORHOOD – DOPPLER
Contemporary design, which is a re-imagined 21st century version of mid-20th century architecture, has become quite popular. One challenge is that contemporary design doesn’t fit well in many traditional neighborhoods. However, new contemporary neighborhoods, as well as people with acreage outside of any neighborhood restrictions or covenants, are finding this style to be a fresh new take on creating a home with an expressive identity. Defining elements of contemporary homes are rectangular shapes with mono-pitched roofs. The array of boxes and rooflines need to have an “accidental” feel to their arrangement, while still creating a harmonically balanced composition.
The Doppler design starts with the exterior walls of the Decoy II plan and extends them upward to create simple rectangular masses. The tops were sliced at various heights, but at a constant angle to bring uniformity to the otherwise chaotic composition. The exterior materials are horizontal wood siding and vertical corrugated steel that create a combination of organic and industrial materials. The windows are single expanses of glass without divides. In terms of layout and flow, the plan is identical to the Dulcimer, but it couldn’t feel more different.