Yankee modern : the houses of Estes/Twombly / William Morgan.

Morgan, William, 1944- [Browse]
1st ed.
New York : Princeton Architectural Press, c2010.
167 p. : chiefly col. ill. ; 26 cm.


Summary note
"Architects James Estes and Peter Twombly have described their nearly two decades of work as 'quiet modernism.' Their Rhode Island-based firm, Estes/Twombly Architects, builds modestly sized and geometrically precise houses that are unique to their New England locale without being style-driven. These award-winning homes reflect the area's strong architectural heritage - white cedar shingles, sliding barn doors, standing-seam metal roofs - without being derivative. Yankee Modern features ten elegant houses in Rhode Island and Connecticut that are moderate in scale and budget yet quietly large in ambition. For Estes/Twombly, each building site, whether responding to a view, a neighbor, or the terrain, requires a unique solution. Through careful integration of site and design, the architects create enough natural heat and ventilation to defy the rugged New England climate and extend the warm seasons." "Estes/Twombly's multiple award-winning Cyronak House on Block Island combines a modern, open plan - so suitable for the way most families live today - with time-tested local materials; sliding barn doors enclose a small courtyard entry and protect it from north winds, while to the south a small deck catches summer afternoon breezes. The pair of simple two-story blocks that comprise the Danevic House are turned at right angles and pulled apart to make outdoor spaces and take advantage of different views. A latticework tower joins them, acting as a transition between indoors and outdoors, the private and public realms. Sumptuous photography, charming drawings, and detailed plans fully illustrate Estes/Twombly's commonsense design solutions. Author William Morgan s opening essay traces the firm's development and situates their work in both regional and historical contexts. Yankee Modern is a welcome return to the simple pleasures of modest, innovative architecture, sensitive to its site and clients' needs."--BOOK JACKET.
  • Foreword / by Howard Mansfield
  • Yankee modern / by William Morgan
  • Wolf House
  • Cyronak House
  • Freeman House
  • Estes House
  • O'Leary House
  • McKeough House
  • Osprey House
  • Barker House
  • Danevic/Bernard House
  • Stonington House
  • Project credits
  • Contributors.
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Houses of Estes/Twombly
  • 9781568988177 (alk. paper)
  • 1568988176 (alk. paper)
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