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Interesting house by architect Irwin Stein...

Postby robbhouston » Thu Oct 10, 2013 11:18 am

I wasn't really familiar with Irwin Stein, but there's a house featured in a story over at Houzz that's pretty cool...

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Story with lots of photos of the place...
http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/18428706/

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Postby Joe » Tue Oct 15, 2013 5:54 pm

nice place, but I just don't get the roof. Fails on the "simplicity" measurement of modernism IMHO.

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Postby classic form » Wed Oct 16, 2013 1:09 am

Read the article joe...explains the idea behind the roof.

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Postby Joe » Wed Oct 16, 2013 1:14 pm

classic form wrote:Read the article joe...explains the idea behind the roof.


I did. it appears to be for aesthetics rather than function, which, in my mind, would be hard to justify the added expense of design and construction for residential use. I've seen this roof style for commercial design and can see a slightly better reason.
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Postby robbhouston » Wed Oct 16, 2013 2:57 pm

Hey ya'll,

Although the piece does suggest the rooflines were meant to...

"mimic the leaves of the landscape's tulip poplar trees"

...it's also somewhat likely it was simply a "period" design choice. I'm sure we'd all agree rooflines of the mcm period could certainly be striking, even whimsical at times. And the ol zig-zag roof was a pretty swingin' design element...

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8522/8605 ... 0f3b_h.jpg

Or as in the case with this house, and the structure below, zig-zag volumes...

http://www.beltstl.com/wp-content/uploa ... lumber.jpg

Something the article also mentioned was that the diamond roof design creates waterfalls when it rains. Sounds cool! Hope they have something to break the fall of all that water... :)

All practicalities aside, still a pretty neat place.

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