Annesdale Drive Residence

Designed in 1968 by Cincinnati modernist Carl Strauss, the existing residence was a bold series of alternating shed-roofed and flat-roofed masonry masses forming a rhythmic, domestically-scaled linear plan. Sometime after 1986, the previous owners added two inappropriate and awkwardly proportioned “bookends”, obscuring the dwelling’s simple logic and basic integrity. Further, the house began a spiral of continuing neglect and successive deterioration.

For economy and useful purpose, we adopted a strategy of selective demolition and subsequent restructuring of the volumes, allowing the prevailing spatial logic to re-emerge. Carrying the limits of the expression forward, new detailing – re-enacting the question of the suitability of forms to habits – opens ordinary domestic events to view.

Photography: Corson Hirschfeld