Essay about douglas home

douglas house

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Richard Meier &  Assoc.,  Douglas House,  Harbor Springs,  Michigan,  1971–1973 (Photo:  Ezra Stoller)

andВ abruptlyВ meetsВ theВ ground. В TotallyВ preciseВ andВ hardВ­edgedВ fromВ afar, В uponВ approachВ theВ buildingВ beginsВ toВ assumeВ theВ romantic, В lushВ characteristicsВ ofВ itsВ surroundingsВ withinВ itsВ reflectiveВ surfaces.

TheВ crispnessВ shownВ inВ theВ IBMВ buildingВ takesВ onВ aВ different, В butВ againВ entirelyВ bauenВ spirit, В inВ theВ pristine, В whiteВ paintedВ woodВ spatialВ interpenetrationsВ ofВ theВ DouglasВ HouseВ byВ RichardВ Meier. В LocatedВ onВ aВ spectacular, В 45В­degreeВ slopingВ andВ denselyВ woodedВ siteВ overlookingВ LakeВ MichiganВ toВ theВ west, В itВ isВ aВ sophisticatedВ statementВ ofВ clean, В abstractВ linesВ inВ directВ contrastВ withВ nature. В InsteadВ ofВ terracingВ downВ theВ hillsideВ intoВ theВ naturalВ terrain, В theВ designВ layersВ aВ house, В respectingВ theВ verticalityВ ofВ theВ site, В onВ aВ seriesВ ofВ fourВ stronglyВ expressedВ andВ stackedВ levels, В whereВ theВ horizontalВ layeringВ inВ turnВ reflectsВ theВ shoreВ lineВ andВ theВ approachВ roadВ atВ theВ topВ entranceВ levelВ toВ theВ house. В SolidВ surfacesВ inВ combinationВ withВ transparentВ visualВ penetrationsВ toВ theВ interior, В curvedВ elementsВ andВ terracesВ interconnectedВ atВ everyВ levelВ whoseВ edgesВ areВ delineatedВ byВ theВ nauticalВ­likeВ linesВ ofВ whiteВ metalВ handrails, В allВ createВ aВ penetratedВ volumeВ poisedВ onВ theВ slope, В framingВ spectacularВ views; В anВ objectВ inВ theВ landscapeВ thatВ electsВ toВ recognizeВ theВ richВ colorВ ofВ natureВ inВ itsВ contrastВ ofВ whiteВ solidВ elementsВ andВ planes, В andВ aВ whiteВ depthВ revealedВ byВ transparencyВ andВ terracesВ againstВ it. В TheВ compositionalВ abstractionВ ofВ crossedВ bandsВ againВ isВ inВ theВ modernistВ spiritВ ofВ theВ DeВ Stijl.