What’s a Quoin? It’s the square blocks at the corners of the walls. In this example, although they are a decorative interpretation of what was historically a structural element, they lend a feeling of strength and stability. It’s a design device used quite commonly in ItalianateÂ houses. Â This is an interesting home also because it is unusual to see a more contemporary metal roof on an Italianate house. I feel it lends an attractive freshÂ Â look to the style. WallaÂ Walla, WA, USA, Italianate, 1915
I was shooting around Queen Anne and came across this wonderful home under construction. This house is a four rankÂ structure because theÂ front windows (which are attractively tall and multi-paned!) and the door line up in fourÂ neat vertical lines. (the windows on the far right are actually on a bay on the side of the house)Â Note: nice integration of salvaged double front doors.
In colonial timesÂ glass was expensive,Â the rank countÂ of your home was a matter of prestige; the higher the rank the better your standing in society. Most average homes were 3 (a door flanked by two rows of windows.)Â Â Queen Anne, Seattle, WA, USA, Contemporary, 2010
The Getty Center: I’m thinking about light. I love the ways that these structures “play” with the light. The site on top of the hill overlooking Los Angeles is phenomenalÂ and it catches every ray ofÂ glorious southern CaliforniaÂ sunlight and then, this center “knows” what to do with it! Textures, outlines, shadows, outlooks, they all come togetherÂ in a visual tour de force. Click on the thumbnails to see the full size, it’s worth it! Los Angeles, CA, USA, Contemporary, 1995
Even though this house isÂ an unusual style for Queen Anne, the materials, size andÂ they way it sits on the siteÂ all help this house feelÂ “right”Â with its neighbors. In fact, in chatting with the owners, they mentioned that one of their primary goals was to build a contemporary home which was appropriate for the neighborhood. A smart goal, well implemented here.
The piano accordion doors that open on toÂ the main floor patio give a wonderful light indoor/outdoor feel to the first floor.
Note, according to the owners, the yew hedgeÂ is a special dwarf variety that will grow to a carefully selected size, just high enough to provide privacy without over growing the site.Â Queen Anne, Seattle, WA, USA, Contemporary 2010
Each set of these windowsÂ isÂ emphasized by its own hanging light fixture. Queen Anne, Seattle, WA, USA, Contemporary, 2010