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Stinnett Residence, Sarasota, FL, 1955-1956


 

"The Stinnett residence is a modular wood-frame house suspended off the ground with a series of posts anchored to the foundation with steel pin connectors. This modest project was designed with a series of repetitive operable flaps that functioned as hurricane protection when closed and doubled as a protective overhang and light shelf when fully open. The house could be transformed from an enclosed fortress to an open-air pavilion with little effort. Air-conditioning was added to the program during the construction phase, significantly altering the final outcome. Unfortunately, the operable panels allowed massive air infiltration, rendering artificial climate control impossible. To solve the problem, both the panels and pivot hardware were removed before retrofitting the exterior skin with fixed glazing. This project brought to light many of the changing attitudes toward building and the landscape, as air-conditioning was becoming a standard amenity in middle class housing. Many of the devices that Rudolph incorporated into previous projects in an attempt to engage the adjacent landscape and local climate were rendered obsolete. This technological change had a major effect in ending a line of development in Rudolph’s work, but also opened up several others."

Domin, Christopher, and Joseph King. Paul Rudolph:The Florida Houses. New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2002. p. 182.



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