Located in a suburban area of Pennsylvania, this private residence occupies a 2 ¾ acre site with mature vegetation and a gently sloping topography. The form of the house is that of an extruded shed with high brick walls on the exterior and a lower wood and glass enclosure embracing the U-shaped courtyard. The plan configuration is centered around the stepped planted terrace with the primary view down the slope to the west and the landscape beyond. The transitional space between house and garden around the courtyard serves as a circulation gallery and for the display of the owner’s collection of sculpture and ceramics. It connects the sociable spaces of the central living room, the dining room, the studio and art gallery and links them with the entrance to the sleeping quarters.
The palette of materials explores the interplay between the water struck brick of the exterior with the white plaster walls and maple floors of the interiors, which serve as the background to the art collection.
Houses, Imaging Publishing, 2002 International Architecture Yearbook, 2000 Brick in Architecture, September 1999