The Wall House

I have followed the work of the talented team of Brian Messana and Toby O’Rorke for some time. Together, they are Messana O’Rorke, an interdisciplinary design firm founded in 1996 in New York City. They believe that the  value of design has the power to enhance the quality of life. I couldn’t agree more. 

I recently came across ‘The Wall House’ on the architect’s website. It is simple in form, and conceptually sound. The long concrete wall forms a barrier from the public realm, a blanket of privacy and separation from the activity of the street. On the flip side, the home is open, light filled and inviting, an exercise of transparency, and comfort of proportion. I would love to move in. 

From the architects:  ”The Wall House is conceptually a house as described; a massive concrete wall, which divides the public realm from the private house beyond. A single opening in the wall provides access to the habitation, which conversely is based on a simple box with glass walls. The wall is a metaphor of a medieval rampart and is also a natural billboard, where shadows of trees and clouds race through daytime and moon lit nights. The three bed roomed house is arranged along the wall, whose edge becomes the communicating spine along which the various spaces are accessed. An open sided courtyard separates the main house from a guesthouse and gym. A one hundred meter lap pool, like a moat, runs the length of the house.”


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