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vivian dwyer contemporary-living-room

vivian dwyer

Daniel Liebermann, who apprenticed with Frank Lloyd Wright at Taliesin West, designed the 1,000-sq-ft Radius House in 1960. The current owners, Andrew and Kim Todd, contractor Kevin Smith and designer Vivian Dwyer agreed that the goal of this project was to insert modern elements into this house of the earth. The roof was rebuilt to allow for adequate ventilation and for a proper electrical system. It was necessary to redesign the kitchen, refurbish concrete floors, wood beams, metal pipes and resurface the canted, curved brick walls with smooth, white plaster. The space at the rear was rearranged into a master bedroom with an open washing area, separate powder room and closet/dressing room. Every space opens to views of the giant redwoods that surround the property, connecting with the outside and making the house feel bigger. The movement of light during the day activates different parts of the house, while layering the lighting carries this magical effect to the night. This house is a perfect example of how to live well in a small space.

Photographer: Joe Fletcher

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June 23, 2013
katileigh wrote:
What is the color of the stain on the beams? Thank you!
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custom- client worked with wood finisher- it was finished with Bees wax...
    Bookmark   June 23, 2013 at 5:54PM
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January 10, 2013
alimcdermott wrote:
Love the sofa. Where is it from?
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B&B Italia
    Bookmark   January 10, 2013 at 9:58AM
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January 9, 2013
allen1234 wrote:
OMG the carpenter must be in the nut houzz this in awesome!
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Exposed framing ... Just not used to circular forms... Quite magical... Thanks to Daniel Liebermann
    Bookmark   September 30, 2013 at 10:43AM
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January 9, 2013
DMS Custom Counter wrote:
Where is this house and are there any other photos taken from the outside?
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go to my site on houzz- dwyerdesign
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Looks like 6 x 16 beam, either LVL or solid sawn Doug Fir w/ 1/4 circle layout with 3 x 12 decking atop....Wood is g00d. Reminds me of Helena MT Library and colossus timbers.
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Becky Harris added this to Dramatic Ceilings
The Radius House simply had to be ceiling number one in this ideabook, as the ceiling itself is made up of beautiful timber radii, and rules over all of the resulting architectural moves made in the house.
Lily Gahagan added this to Indoors Looking Out
I feel sorry for whoever gets relegated to sitting on the black settee in this living area. That poor soul ends up missing out on all this...
Some additional steel posts can be seen near the perimeter: supporting beams that traverse doors, for example. This house echoes Frank Lloyd Wright's thinking, but instead of a fireplace, the hearth is this structural spiral about which the house pivots.
While the exterior looks out through glass walls to the trees, the interior is focused on a structural column. The wood beams radiating from this spot make the shape of the house clear, as well as one's position within the plan.More: The L-Shaped House PlanThe U-Shaped House PlanLiving La Vida Linear
First, by way of background, I participated in a Houzz ideabook discussion centered around some unusual elements of a project I had recently completed. The design was provocative and elicited many comments, some kind and some not. As much as I appreciate a compliment, I was most absorbed by the comments that began, "If this were my house, I would have … " Or, "If it were me, I’d have done … " This unearthed a common stereotype of an architect’s work: that we are arrogant egomaniacs who bully clients into building our own visions. I will consent that those architects do indeed exist (that sentence may have just cost me any future American Institute of Architects membership), and I often have to fight back this stereotype early on in my client relationships. But instead of discussing stereotypes, let’s discuss what architecture should be. My response to these comments? Of course. Of course it would be different. Of course it would reflect you.If I were a musician, and person A from a small town in Michigan hired me to write a piece of music that was a celebration of her life, that piece of music would be significantly different than a piece of music written to celebrate the life of person B, who lives in Los Angeles. That is how it should be, and architecture is simply frozen music (or so said Johann Wolfgang von Goethe).

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