Thursday, May 01, 2008

Kahn/Esherick House follow-up

Eames has posted another batch of photos from the Louis Kahn designed Margaret Esherick House.

Two unique details illustrated here are how the chimney is set away from the house, behind a huge plane of glass, and how the ceilings are often lower than the tops of the windows - both tricking the eye in a way that blurs interior and exterior space.

In both contrast and harmony with Kahn's seemingly formal rigidity, the very organic kitchen was created by Margaret's sculptor uncle Wharton Esherick. [I love the carved run-off channels in the countertop above. It makes me think of the sink in Bill Massie's Big Belt House.]

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