House & Home Roundup: 9.0 pts

House & Home Roundup: 9.0 pts

Maxwell Ryan
Aug 9, 2004

She is up and kicking! Don't know. Maybe it is just us, but we think this week's H&H is even better than last week, garnering it a high 9.0 score.

Rumor has it that H&H likes to spotlight architects that Robert Stern recommends, which would make sense given that Michael Haverland (37) teaches at Yale with Stern. But that doesn't change the fact that Haverland's new East Hampton house is beautiful. In The House that Homework Built, we are not only treated to pictures of remarkable floor to ceiling industrial windows, but we are glad to learn that Mr. Haverland is very much a do-it-yourselfer (relatively speaking). Despite the $1-2m price tag on the house, this is not an expensive house by East Hampton standards, given its location and quality.

What is most impressive about this house to us are the walls of glass windows that line the outside. Rather than being antiseptic and contemporary, they seem vintage, as if from another era. Indeed, Haverland was inspired by The Maison de Verre (at right), a famous modernist residence designed by Pierre Chareau in 1932 (France). Our favorite quote of Haverland's is this one:

A lot of modern houses here end up being lazy modern. Modernism is really about economy of means and rigor, how you design space. If you lose those values, it's just a superficial treatment of the modern surfaces.

We agree, and that is also why we think that some of the most exciting modern building going on right now is being done by people like Edgar Blazona (and others in the prefab movement), as well as students, like those at the University of Kansas, reported in Familiarity With Blueprints and Hammers.

On other subjects, Under Your Nose, The Next Big Thing?, is a great article about the invasion of "scent" machines as the trend of the future. We find the concept noxious, but intriguing nevertheless. MGR

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