Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
OPTIC HOUSE in Bennington, Nebraska by RANDY BROWN ARCHITECTS
February 26th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal
Optics:/ the branch of physics which studies the behavior and properties of light, including its interactions with matter and the construction of instruments that use or detect it.
Stepping up the rolling hills of this sparse Nebraska landscape, the house sits on the edge of a 100 acre lake. The client, an eyeglass designer, requested an instrument for viewing and to be viewed.
The house is a foreign gesture on the land, terracing up the hill to take advantage of the dramatic views. The concrete plinth is tucked into the hillside with a wood framed cement board clad fragmented form which stands out as a sculpture in the landscape. Closer inspection of the site reveals that the folding ground plane was the inspiration for the folded walls that cant and slide creating spaces and voids that come to life with sunlight. Dancing shadows bring dimension to the exterior as the sun moves around the house. The voids create apertures to allow the sunlight inside and to frame views of the lake and horizon.
Inside a monumental steel stair connects the bedrooms with the living spaces. The main floor is a series of open spaces that allow for cooking, eating, relaxing and working. The main entertaining space is a two story volume with an adjacent terrace that overlooks the lake.
The optic house is an instrument that allows the client to study light and its interaction.
Roofing: Versico Versiguard EPDM Roof
Millwork: IKEA Built-in Cabinets, Akurum Rationell Series, Arlig White
Hardware: Forms + Surfaces, HC421, Satin Clear Anondized Aluminum
Exterior Siding: 7/16” thick Georgia Pacific Cadence Lap Siding
Lap Siding Paint: Sherwin Williams, Grays Harbour
Gyp. Board Paint: Sherwin Williams, Extra White
Windows: Kawneer, 1” Insulated, Tri-fab Versaglaze 450 Standard
Downlight: RSA, Accurus Downlight, ACT1985, White
Surface Mounted Lighting: Juno, ULH-322-WH
Pendant Lighting: Artemide, Logico Suspension Triple Linear
Ceiling Lamp: IKEA, Pult
Wall Mounted Lighting: IKEA, Fartyg
Surface Mounted Lighting: Stonco, CLD1500, Industrial Series
Shower: Kohler, Lakewood K-1685, White
Toilet: TOTO, Aqua Dual Flush 1.6 GPF/0.9 GPF
Bathroom Sink: Decolav, 1420-CWH
Kitchen Sink: Blanco, Blanco Precision Series, 512-750-A
Jet Tub: Duravit, Starck 710119.2001000
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