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Floor plans are hard to come by. I'm not sure we've seen a plan showing the bedroom addition.
Â© 2009 by TASCHEN GmbH and by the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation
Â© 1988 A.D.A EDITA Tokyo Co., Ltd. and by the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation
Plan published in Global Interiors 10 and in Storrer's "Frank Lloyd Wright Companion"
photo Â© Alan Weintraub
A structural plan would show the columns, with their cast "sockets" pinned at the tops, are attached only at 60Âº welded miter joints (?) in the wide-flange
steel plate circling the living room, bolted to it on the inboard side of the flange. A few construction photos would be a priceless addition to the discussion.
The architect would have seen that this hoop of heavy steel, tied at each end to solid masonry and supported at intermediate points along its length, could
carry almost any amount of roof without distortion or complaint. Rather than being opened to the sea side of the terrace, the living room is a sort of
aquarium--in-reverse, keeping the water out and enclosing a bubble of indoor atmosphere.
...wow - triangular column sections.
wonder if something like that is going on at Niels. I know that the vertical steel columns inside the wood window wall at Samara in Lafayette are 'T' sections.
"...aquarium in reverse.." that's good.
and you know that SOMEWHERE there are construction photos.
I don't seem much in common between Neils and Walker, though there may be structural steel within the Neils mullions. The trick at Walker would be in fabrication: getting those four canted columns placed and braced at exactly the right locations for the concrete pour . . .
I don't see a sectional dimension; scaling the drawing suggests that the altitude of the triangle is 2" . . .
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Interesting bit on Mrs. Della Walker too.
DRN sends along a set of his own photos of the house, taken on a beautiful day with a little haze in the ocean air, and with the glass spotlessly clean. Was this a house tour, Dan ?
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We see clearly, at last, how the stone wall behind the built-in seat is formed, and used. And, on the ceiling, note how the half-round molding on the exterior soffit is brought through the glass, as a tiny tapered extension . . .
It also appears that the horizontal steps in the window wall, while sloping as in the section drawing, are not glass, nor do they appear to open. Is that right ?
The horizontal panels in the windows were sheet steel...it was not clear to me if they were operable or not. I assumed portions of them were, but didn't think to run my finger under the panel on the exterior of the house to feel for joints or hinges (it would have required climbing on the furniture to feel for "flaps" from the interior). The window framing is steel, and reminded me of the glazing at Fallingwater in some respects. According to Chuck Henderson, one of the owners, the sea spray is omnipresent and the glass was touched up moments before we arrived. It was also noted that the salt air is very aggressive in its corrosion of the steel frame windows...maintenance of paint and restoration of steel where salt slips into the glazing and attacks the frame are ongoing and quite expensive.
The section drawing displayed above has a note, "Vent flap See detail on Sheet #6." The material of the flap is not made clear, but it is drawn in a way to suggest (to me) that the flap is glass.
Are the flaps at House on the Mesa shown to be transparent ? Are they canted downward as they are here ?
Ah -- here it is:
I have an idea about why those horizontal steps are slanted downward toward the exterior: that angle helps them to disappear, when seen by a standing occupant. (How they look from the seated position is perhaps not so important, because sitters would be looking toward others in the room and not out to the view ?)