It`s entitled Arkansas House, an extraordinary modern mansion that challenged Marlon Blackwell. The home was meant from the very beginning to reassemble a fire damaged shelter that would introduce the possibility of a new design by adding new elements into the home and rethinking the house`s spatial character all together.
The design had to be completed in less then three weeks, details being added along as the project developed, this complicating the project quite a bit. The owner gave access to architects to work only in the fire-damaged zones of the existing house in both exterior and interior; allowing them to forge a connection between the new elements and the preexisting ones whilst protecting the current shelter. The only modification on the existent setup being the new windows and a brand new HVAC system.
A quiet and discrete resonance animates the connection between old and new spaces, wrapped around in the warmth and coziness of different American hardwoods- this difference between them combined softening the difference between old and new materials, different textures and colors.
Comfortable on the top of the old house the beautifully angled shell forms are exuding empathy with the rusted barn nearby; the imprint of the weather, dripping trees and time providing their rusted surfaces a raw and visceral character.
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Architects: Marlon Blackwell Architect
Location: Northwest Arkansas
Project Team: Marlon Blackwell, Yume Rudzinski, Tony Patterson, Chris Baribeau, Matthew Griffith, Meryati Blackwell
Structural Engineer: Jim Gore
Mechanical Engineers: Tim Geary and Associates
Contractor: JW Enterprises
Interiors: Meredith Boswell, Ante Prima, Oscar Glottman
Photographs: Tim Hursley