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Allen House

Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
Year: 1964

This architectural design is a small residential home on a large building lot with a variety of oak trees and sable palms. These architectural design clients were an elderly couple with an art collection, including French Impressionists, Mondrian and Calder. These architectural design clients were personal friends.

A raised concrete slab over ventilated crawl space provides humidity control and is expressed by low planters extending outward. Space is defined by horizontal and vertical planes. A lower trellis defines the cork circulation path below and extends into the kitchen and baths as luminous ceilings and hovers over entrance and screened terrace.

In this architectural design project, materials were limited to exposed concrete block, cypress, mahogany panels and plaster/stucco. Significant additions were subsequently done for a subsequent owner such as a sculpted exposed block privacy wall was added across the entire street frontage.

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