Salt Point House by Thomas Phifer and Partners

Salt Point House by Thomas Phifer and Partners

Salt Point House by Thomas Phifer and Partners

Salt Point House by Thomas Phifer and Partners

This is the Salt Point house, designed by Thomas Phifer and Partners. I can’t imagine how stunning it must look this time of year: the leafy surroundings blushing into the colors of Halloween candy and poisionous snakes. The house’s form is nothing fancy: just a rectangle with perforated screens extending along the face of the long sides and past the end of enclosed volume. The effect? The boundary of the house is slightly blurry, trees and their foliage blurring the lines (or at least soften the transition) between the ground and the sky, the perforated steel here is creating a gradient between the volume of the house and its surroundings. Yet, clearly the house isn’t trying to blend in; it’s a proud, sturdy volume that looks extremely resolved. Even the house’s screened-in porch, which seems like a stubborn program to try and refine, is executed consistently with the rest of the house and is probably the fanciest use of a bug screen you’re likely to see today.

Alex

Alex Dent

October 25, 2011 / By

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