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The modernist segment of the market has always been small; presumably one of the positives is that the earnest pioneers were and are serious about taking
a different path. They know what they want, they are if anything proud to be members of a more or less exclusive "club," and they can rightly claim logic and
rationality in defense of their aesthetic choice.
And modernism, often in the form of MCM, is as strong an interest, apparently, as it has ever been. Everyone knows who Design Within Reach is, and Dwell
Magazine continues to sell well to the segment. Perhaps the Frank Lloyd Wright niche is the segment's Cadillac or Mercedes, bearer of the crown or golden
orb of American Modern ?
Ms Dowling has a twin sister holding down the East Coast office, somewhere in New Jersey . . .
architects; Philip Johnson and Ulrich Franzen come to mind. And their boxes were without overhanging roofs---in Johnson's George Oneto house (1951) there are no extended roofs at all, while Franzen's Beatty house has
a raised central roof providing protection for a terrace---as in the Dowling house.
Even such far-flung designers as Ralph Rapson might be said to have explored this territory---in his Case Study #4--- and certain Ellwood, Koenig and Rodney Walker designs appear, on the exterior at least, to partake of the form.
The major tapered beams supporting the Dowling-designed residence's central roof make a noteworthy decorative structural element . . . as well as a handsome advertisement for the Lindal product line ?
I was drawn to exterior photographs in the MOCA Case Study book which suggested in a couple of cases---erroneously---forms analogous to the study subject. I should have left well enough alone . . .
I would love to see more examples of the type---equal closed spaces bookending a glazed center---from those who actually used it. It seems I returned Bill's "Harvard Five in New Canaan" too soon;
I wish I had it at hand. Floor plans of these East Coast modernists' work are not thick on the ground . . .
Another house that fits the type, which was recently listed as being in danger of demolition, is Gordon Bunshaft's own house, except that the midsection has only one wall of glass, the entrance faÃƒÂ§ade being entirely closed.
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1) Make the central section 12' feet tall with 3' clerestory windows all around the perimeter.
2) Make the central section roof flat with one or two-foot overhangs.
3) Make the extension over the patio an extension of the central section roof.
4) Make the two bedroom sections 9' tall with four-foot overhangs with two-foot clerestory windows around the perimeter.
5) Make a four-foot walkway around the building so you can exit a bedroom and walk to the patio.
Or, we could make DOWLING STUDIOS 2230 less visually Wrightian.
1) Remove all overhangs.
2) Raise the house off the ground on pilotis.
3) Make strip windows halfway up the walls.
4) Cover the exterior surfaces with plaster, smooth stucco, or other render.
5) Paint random plastered interior surfaces with primary or tertiary colors.
I've spent considerable time, over the years, contemplating what it would take to make a typical ranch house "more Wrightian." When you see one of those low-slung numbers
with a face-brick "wainscote" running across the front, below the windows, you can't help thinking that the designer was channeling Mr Wright---consciously or unconsciously ?