As a resident of Pennsylvania, the news of this Northampton home receiving top honors for design is so exciting! It's refreshing to know that just an hour outside of the city (a place typically known for coal and concrete) there's a home that looks like it has been transported from the city of Philadelphia.
Architect Joseph N. Biondo is the architect to thank for the House Equanimity. He submitted his design to the AIA Pennsylvania Award Program and was later presented with top honors. He received such high praise due to his high dedication to details, surfaces, and the play between indoor and outdoor spaces.
Biondo describes the home as being surrounded by other single-family houses of all shapes and sizes, filled with clichés and conventions that could be found anywhere in the country. The primary building materials, site poured concrete and various concrete products, pay respect to the history of Northampton – the birthplace of American Portland Cement.
He also touches on the fact that it wasn't just the cement that was influential, it was also the industrial machines that were used in producing the cement that he modeled the home after.