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PLANAR HOUSE
AZ, United States, 2002-2005

PROGRAM: private residence
CLIENT: withheld
SIZE: 3,320 sf
STATUS: completed

This house is to be a part of, and vessel for, a large contemporary art collection. Great 20th century works by Bruce Nauman, Robert Ryman, Jeff Koons and Jannis Kounellis are part of the collection which includes important video artworks. Constructed of tilt-up concrete walls, the flat and rotated nature of the walls merges with the simple orthogonal requirements of the interiors for art. Shape extensions and light and air chimneys connected to cooling pools articulate the planar geometry. From a courtyard experienced at the entry of sequence, a ramp leads to a rooftop sculpture garden - a place of silence and reflection.
'Even where Holl used glass, he played hide-and-seek games, placing perforated sheets of Cor-Ten steel in front of the main entrance. - As the lady of the house explains, 'The house is a vessel for the collection, and it's also become part of the collection''.
-Fred Bernstein, The New York Times T: Design Magazine, June, 2007
AWARDS

NY AIA Merit Award, USA, 2006
CREDITS

architect
– Steven Holl Architects
Steven Holl (design architect)
Martin Cox (project architect)
Tim Bade (schematic design)
Robert Edmonds, Annette Goderbauer, Hideki Hirahara, Clark Manning (project team)

structural engineer
– Rudow & Berry

mechanical engineer
– Roy Otterbein
Roy Otterbein

civil engineer
– Fleet Fisher Engineering

electrical engineer
– Associated Engineering

landscape architect
– Steve Martino & Associates
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