Contributing Monkie Whitney Sander
Published on February 13, 2009
A look back at Architects Whitney Sanders Briard House
Now that the rain is gone (for awhile, anyway) we are back on track. The prefabricated shell was completed six weeks ago, and the erection of Green Sandwich Technology panels, and rough framing inside, has filled up the time since.
These images show the green sandwich being installed. It’s an amaziung material: able to create tall buildings at a single bound… it almost arrivces with a cape. These panels are 28 feet tall, and were erected in ten days. The material also allows for on-site changes. For instance, this week we will add and subtract: literally. I will direct our installer to cut a bit here, add a bit there, to sculpt, quite literally, a 28-foot tall sculpture. What I am trying to do, recalling our original model:
is to make a facade that bears a striking resemblance to something Braque might have done around 1913. Or, more to the point, to make something that could not have been done at all at any time before the present. The idea that we might set off a new type of cubist elevation to enwrap the house for a music critic is greatly exciting to me. The work I do always sems to become a comment not on what I do, necessarily, but upon the nature of the people for whom the thing is built. In this case, Thomas and Joanna have become such close friends that we have intermingled aesthetically. I would say that the house will be about equal parts of us all. And the process has taught us all a great deal about partnership and about building. Marvelous life lessons, in fact.
Stay tuned. Now that the sun is shining, we arre sure to be making more hay.