A large curved wall forms a base for the house and inscribes a
portion of a projected circle that enfolds the prairie and its wetland.
An imagined ruin of castinplace concrete columns and
beams emerges from this huge arc providing a rhythm to organize
the houses spaces. The arced walls extend in front of and
past the houses perimeter capturing magnificent spaces
for courtyards gardens and terraces.
The buildings walls are primarily sandstone limestone
stucco and pouredinplace concrete. These materials continue
inside the house where they are given interior finishes and trimmed
with hardwoods and steel. Lowpitched copper hip roofs
cover the main living spaces and afford them additional height
making reference to the early modern prairie houses of Frank Lloyd
Two sets of large windows are positioned toward the south facing
courtyards. The open hallways and living spaces become the art gallery
for the clients growing collection. Opposite the main entry
a 14foot high window faces the wetland and grasslands beyond
and becomes a monumental mural all its own. Clerestory windows
concealed by a series of cantilevered planes bring diffused
natural light from above to the entry and main living room. The
uppermost ceiling surface dissolves in this wash of atmospheric
light suggesting a roofless space.