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Finney Guest House, Siesta Key, Sarasota, FL, 1947 (with Ralph Twitchell) Project Not Built


 

"This small house is one of Rudolph’s Florida masterpieces, a dynamic composition set within the ordered regularity of the cypress structural bay system. The twelve-foot bays of cypress bents organize the structure and provide the armature to which the varying planes, spaces, and masses are attached. While the rationalism found in the work of Gropius and Mies van der Rohe provided the conceptual discipline for this design, a new freedom of expression emerges in Rudolph’s intuitive and poetic architecture. Rooms, platforms, steps, a ramp, and a bridge are all linear in character, interacting in parallel and perpendicular directions. As Rudolph remarked in the Interiors article, even the kitchen is designed as a linear movement system, like ‘an assembly line, culminating in a built-in dining table.’ This house also includes Rudolph’s first example of hinged overhanging panels, introducing the idea of the building itself in motion. The panels were to be used as a shading device, as well as protection from severe weather."

Domin, Christopher, and Joseph King. Paul Rudolph:The Florida Houses. New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2002. p. 72.



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