a cutout in the terrace wall frames the sky in an abstract composition. The screened porch, perched above the steps, offers views (facing page) of the distant hills and the meadow that rolls down to the Japanese teahouse built by a previous owner in honor of neighbor, conductor Seiji Ozawa.
between client, builder, and architect.” The 4,600-square-foot house
was completed in just 13 months.
A 94-foot-long rectangular pavilion serves as the primary living
space. This box — which is only one room deep and thoroughly
embraces the view — is broken up by a series of cubes that accommodate two studies, the front entry, and a screened porch. These
pods provide separation and spatial definition in what would otherwise be one large, open space, recalling the canonical doorway-free
house plans by modern masters such as Mies van der Rohe and
Gerrit Rietveld. Best of all, these cubes create several serendipitous
A second rectangular unit housing the garage, mudroom, and
laundry joins the main block at a right angle to form an entrance court
that is sheltered from the prevailing winds. Exposed structural steel
framing accentuates the industrial aesthetic. In contrast, slate roofing
tiles, turned sideways for horizontal emphasis, wrap the exterior walls.