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.

Awards

  • Honor Award, 2004 AIA Ohio Design Awards
  • Honor Award, 2000 AIA Cincinnati Design Awards
  • Merit Award, 2003 Custom Home Magazine Custom Home Design Awards
  • Grand Award, 2004 Custom Home/Builder Magazines Watermark Awards

Publications

  • Builder, April 2004
  • Cincinnati Magazine, November 2000
  • Cincinnati Magazine, July 2014
  • Custom Home, March 2001
  • Custom Home, September/October 2003
  • Residential Architect, October 2001
Photography: Corson Hirschfeld