Record House Revisited

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Record House Revisited | Notes of Interest

Four decades after their project was featured in the 1969 Record Houses issue of Architectural Record, the owners sold the house to a young couple. A condition of the sale was that the new owners would respect the character of the project, yet be able to revisit and alter the contained quality of the interior rooms to create a continuous living space visually connected to the woodland site.

An analysis of the existing structure revealed ordering devices through which the new work could be understood. A truss roof system allowed interior walls to be eradicated, yielding a condition of an unencumbered public and private pavilion linked together by a glass entry node. Floor to ceiling window apertures relating the pavilions could not be experienced within the original floor plan.

Registering the new work to the existing house is a conceptual allee of walnut casework. The casework weaves together and provides clarity to the various living areas. The quarter sawn casework and flat sawn flooring employ walnut in a Chiascuro manner, creating bold contrasts to the existing white painted brick walls and plaster ceiling. Corian casework elements are positioned as kitchen, mudroom, and bath objects, further juxtaposing a smoothness to the textural brick and plaster.

The purity of the original brick fireplace and skylight ring at the center of the house is exposed and left uninterrupted, allowing for additional connection to the site.

Additional Credit

General Contractor: The Ley Group

Photo Credit

© Paul Warchol

Record House Revisited

Jury Comments

An excellent example of new work within a significant mid-century modern structure, the interventions appear to reinforce the original design concept.

Eliminating carefully selected interior walls allows floor-to-ceiling openings, emphasizing the integrity of the two pavilions.

The new work serves to highlight the naturally lit passage and accentuate the overall spirit of the house.

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