Robert Kraus
Inspired by barn construction, the design for a new house, studio, and workshop deploys a system of columns and “built-up beams” that resist lateral loads and define programmatic zones. A proposed mural located below a 7’ datum established by the built-up beams reinforces these divisions. The massing of the house “unfolds”; a frieze located at the level of the exterior fenestration of the north elevation, which faces the entry from the road, alludes to ubiquitous manufactured homes, while the private south elevation is largely glass. The house is heated by active and passive solar energy, and with wood harvested on the property.
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