Private Residence, Maryland

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Maryland, USA
7,000 square feet / 650 square meters
1989

This Maryland residence represents the development of a family of architectural ideas. The central concept is that of organizing a complex of functions along a line or street, as well as the idea of the line becoming the dominant space within a composition of spaces. This concept has been the basis for design of a number of large buildings, as well as two houses designed specifically for exhibition: the House for the Biennale de Venezia in 1976 and the Long Gallery House for the Leo Castelli Gallery’s 1980 “Houses for Sale” exhibition. The Maryland residence is the first built house designed around these ideas.

Designed for a family of four, the house revolves around a spine with attached, enclosed forms. The gallery becomes the central public room of the house, connecting five individual pavilions. The pavilions, made of stucco on wood frames with painted wood windows and doors, are arranged by function and their relationship to the landscape. The gallery is brick with natural wood windows and doors.

Between the road and the entry of the house, a series of stepped, wooden fence sections provides privacy. These sections are perpendicular to the spine. In elevation, they seem to underline the house, which becomes the focal point of the landscape. The fences have been designed as sculptural pieces. They are painted white in the sections that are treated as sculpture, unpainted and covered with vines where they are not.