Timber Home Living - - Drawing Board -

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.


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