My childhood experience of shingled cottages in New England was a formative influence on my development as an architect. But nearly as significant were the years my family spent in the Southwest, where we lived in an adobe house under the cottonwood trees in the Rio Grande Valley. My parents had a getaway in the Jemez Mountains in New Mexico, and that vertical terrain—so different from the gentle coastal horizons of the Northeast—also found its way into my work, first in Colorado and then in several mountain houses in South Carolina.
This one, set a hundred feet above a crystalline lake, was meant to be completely different from the owners’ primary residence up north—as much an aesthetic escape as a geographical one. On every project there are challenges your clients give you, and ones you set for yourself. Here, the personal challenge was to create a structure in which the roof was a flat plane that covered a complex plan. For me, the roof tells the story of a house—it stands for home, gives a structure its silhouette, and embodies shelter… Read the full Architectural Digest article here >>
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