Residential Design – Building Blocks

Hello again readers,

This month’s project is a design featuring decorative concrete blocks. These blocks adorn the facade of the home and attempt to evoke the image of pre-Columbian Architecture. Frank Lloyd Wright dabbled in this style in the early 1920s with his commissions for the Ennis House, the Storer House, and the Hollyhock House all located in the Los Angeles area. Each of the Wright concrete houses had its own unique block created just for that house. Below is the design used in the Ennis house which has recently been adapted by Offecct into an acoustic ceiling tile.

Wright tile design for the Ennis House
The renderings for my design show a generic decorative tile used on the facade, but like Wright I also designed a custom motif to represent the major design elements and design ideas expressed in my design. Below is a photo of my custom concrete block.

The most unique feature in the house is its custom elevator and shaft. Unlike most elevators, my elevator car has glass walls while the shaft in encased in a grid like structure. As you travel from floor to floor, you are able to get a glimpse of the room you are being conveyed to from inside the elevator. The elevator shaft is also illuminated from below and at night acts almost like a lantern broadcasting light into the surrounding spaces.

View of Elevator Shaft

This block house has 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths, and 2 lavs with parking for 4 cars in the basement. There are fireplaces in the kitchen/dining area, the living room, the rec room and in the master bedroom/master bath. An infinity edge pool with hot tub is adjacent to the living spaces if you want to cool off from the summer heat. Upstairs is a large rec room with a home theater and its own concession stand/snack bar. The entertainment possibilities continue outside with an outdoor fireplace, bar and giant outdoor cinema screen to enjoy movies under the stars. This block house is ideally suited for a hillside lot overlooking a city or a sea view. See photo gallery below for images and plans.

Photo Gallery

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