william o'brien jr: twins   houses in five parts william o'brien jr: twins   houses in five parts
aug 16, 2011

william o'brien jr: twins houses in five parts

‘twins: houses in five parts’ by william o’brien jr. located in upstate new york, usa images © peter guthrie

boston based practice william o’brien jr. has designed ‘twins: houses in five parts’, two single family residences located in upstate new york, USA. intended for two brothers, a pair of structures sharing similar geometric qualities are linked by a functional agricultural field. the internal volumes are the result of a study of the mathematical principle of ‘dissection’ in which polygons of equal areas may be divided into identical shapes. two sets composed of four varied trapezoids and one triangle containing parallel programmatic functions are arranged into a square and hexagonal plan configuration.

two homes separated by a linear agricultural plot

the floor and roof planes respond to immediate topographical shifts creating a varied sectional alignment connected with ramps and stairs. all water runoff is directed towards a linear plot which can be easily accessed by dwellers from both endpoints. the ribbon of land is planted with interwoven strips of berries, vegetables and wheat. continuous horizontal windows provide vistas of the surrounding forest and familial neighbor. visible exterior surfaces are coated with thick black stucco contrasting the monochromatic white interior.

hexagonal home

square home

volume lifted off the ground

window provides dwellers with views of the neighboring structure

vista of neighboring home and surrounding landscape

the triangular space is used as a screened in porch within the hexagonal home

the triangular space is used as an interior open air courtyard within the square home

site plan

floor plan / level 0 hexagonal home

floor plan / level 0 square home site section

sectional diagram

volumetric diagram

geometry study diagram

vegetation diagram

  • wow. really nice

    hellapuke says:
  • Snow Load?

    Terbreugghen says:
  • I bet the bugs love these places in the summertime

    j says:
  • As these are architectural renderings for the project it would be great to see photos of the ‘completed’ buildings.

    ace says:
  • i love the volumetric and geometry diagrams but that idea isn’t percieved in the final construction… you see just black boxes…

    faraway says:
  • if they’re completed, present actual photography instead of renderings.

    thomas b says:
  • M F B

    MODERNDESIGN2120 says:
  • Duh . . . I thought these were the actual buildings. As sculpture, the buildings are beautiful. But after reading one comment, I, too, began to wonder about air, heat, BUGS, and snow load. Too, I’m wondering if they’ll be using this new (may be on the market soon/has been on the market for a while??) cement? Illusions are great . . . wish we could live that way.

    savannahjones says:
  • savannahjones – Perhaps the roof with heated?

    Anastasia says:
  • Can they actually open a window?

    classic architect says:
  • Beautiful…
    These are photographs.
    Well photographed..

    Contructural Realism says:
  • Beautiful…
    These are photographs.
    Well photographed..

    Contructural Realism says:
  • beautiful project but if anyone thinks these are photographs of a finished building then they must be rather blind….

    even as renders they are not very good as there is not enough detail. for example: the huge windows are single pieces of glass???!!!

    srle says:
  • best residential house 2011

    anthony says:
  • @ srle-
    yeah definitely must be blind to think these are photos and not renderings.

    But come on as rendering they’re pretty amazing, he but an amazing amount of detail where it was needed to create the most compelling image. So yeah the window is one HUGE piece of glass. it just looks better like that. It’s a rendering who cares.

    Now can we some photos of the real thing?

    cbb says:

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