Casey House: an exercise in simplicity and restraint

Designing a home for an architectural photographer was an exercise in simplicity and restraint for Side Angle Side. They quote the homeowner: “Early in my photography career, I took a photo of a house in a wooded area of Maine. The house was a basic shape – as one would draw as a child – just a box with a gabled roof. It fit perfectly in a square crop. Ever since then I’ve been interested in that form. With the direction for this house, I had no program and came to Side Angle Side with just that fundamental shape. By the end of the process I had a wife and a dog and the program evolved, but the shape stayed the same. During the design and building phase, I was also photographing for a book on architecture and interiors of Marfa. While we didn’t set out to make a Marfa house in Austin, it certainly inspired design decisions in terms of materiality – modest and minimal, while also maintaining a sense of warmth.” – Casey Dunn

With the client as their editor, the architects adhered to that vision of simplicity. The result is a monolithic dark volume with carefully placed punched openings. A concrete site wall pierces the volume, defining the approach and entry experience. 

Design and info © Side Angle Side

Images © Casey Dunn

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