WEST COAST/MIAMI MODERN – DUET II
Palms Springs, Los Angeles, Miami – these cities are hotbeds of modernist architecture by the likes of Richard Neutra, Paul Rudolph and their contemporaries. Their designs are instantly recognizable by their use of playful geometries assembled into expressive sculptural forms that boast swooping curves interrupted by stacked blocks and eccentrically placed elements.
The Duet II design is a study in what modernist design expert Dr. Guillermo Aranda-Mena termed “frozen poetry.” The origin of this design is once again rooted in the Decoy II floor plan. The walls were raised up to form left and right blocks. The left block has a roof that looks up to the sky, while the right has a barrel roof that looks straight forward. The two distinct forms are connected via a smaller-scale gallery. At the second level, our two major left and right forms create further resonance with opposing window arrangements. The left block has a single small window in the center of a field wood. The right has two unbalanced windows — one significantly under-scaled, the other seemingly appropriate.
At the main level, the exterior flows with more expected forms and expression. In the midst of all this architectural resonance; a symmetrical entry porch, and door and window arrangement, provide grounding for the composition of elements and denote a welcoming entry for the homeowner.
UPPER LEVEL MAIN LEVEL