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Indian Hill Residence


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Indian Hill, Ohio



Perched atop a wooded ridge, this residence derives itself and emerges from its site – inevitably grounded but exceeding its limits to engage with the trees beyond. The family spaces of the first floor loosely occupy the free plan; while above, explicit spaces are contained in distinct volumes. Four vertical “walls of light” separate these private spaces while illuminating the floors below. Actively embracing the sky, these shafts become the locus of ornament conceived as a transparent and translucent lining, accessing light while affording silhouetted privacy. As the shafts move towards the interior of the house, they carve away the second-floor plate to form double-height spaces or to contain vertical circulation. By blurring the distinctions between familiar oppositions – inside/outside, front/rear, massive/light – the resultant assemblage dissolves traditional boundaries of habit.

Awards & Publications

  • Honor Award, 1995 AIA Cincinnati Design Awards

  • Residential Architect, October 2001

  • 2004 “Liner Notes: Processes in Creative Work” The Hutton Gross Residence, Reed Gallery, University of Cincinnati

  • 2001 “David Niland” (alumni exhibit) The Hutton Gross Residence, Reed Gallery, University of Cincinnati

  • 1998 “Unbuilt Cincinnati” Walking Fish, The Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, Ohio

  • 1994 “The Critical Practice: Exhibition of Recent Projects” Walking Fish, Hudson and Arling/Jacobs Residences, The Machine Shop Gallery, University of Cincinnati

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