NEIGH­BOR­HOOD – DOP­PLER

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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.

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