Richard Meier & Partners
Located in a prestigious residential community on a one-and-a-half-acre waterfront site, this house spans the full width of its wedge-shaped plot to face southwest across Doubloon Bay.
One approaches the house from a winding access road lined with royal palm trees. The entrance is across the front lawn. This expanse of grass is uninterrupted except for an orthogonal cluster of royal palms and a low opaque cylinder faced with bent panels. This drum discreetly encloses a two-car garage. Since the turf is reinforced throughout, cars and pedestrians are free to circulate across the greensward at will.
Beyond, effectively concealing a view of the water, lies the horizontal front of the house itself, clad in two-foot by three-foot limestone slabs backed by concrete-frame and masonry construction. Pierced at regular intervals by vertical slot windows, this stone-faced facade conceals a wide, top-lit access corridor running the length of the house.
The inhabited volume of the house lies under a large steel-frame butterfly roof cantilevered off steel-box stanchions at 15-foot centers. The inverted roof pitch provided an unexpected way to meet the local design code requiring a pitched roof and at the same time reinforces the house's orientation toward the water. The double-layered roof is finished with 2-foot by 3-foot square panels in pulverized composite stone; its soffit is finished in plaster. The stone paneling on the roof serves solely as a rain screen, with the water drained away beneath.
The roof is also integrated into an elaborate sun-screening system made up of one-inch-diameter aluminum tubes placed at two-inch center that screen the upper part of the oceanfront and span openings in the roof.
The aluminum sub-framed curtain walls are made of hurricane resistant, 1 5/16"-thick laminated glass. The skylight glass is treated with a ceramic frit to provide additional sun-screening.
Facts about Neugebauer House
Klaus and Ursula Neugebauer
Richard Meier, Thomas Phifer
Greg Reaves, Thomas Savory, Paul Masi, Ron Castellano
Structural and Mechanical Engineers:
Ove Arup & Partners New York, NY
Curtain Wall Consultant:
R.A. Heintges New York, NY
Fisher Marantz Stone New York, NY
Newbury North Associates Naples, FL
7,500 square feet (including garage)
Concrete slab on concrete foundation comprised of driven concrete piles. Architectural steel columns and curtain wall.
Architectural steel, Spanish limestone, plaster, insulated glass within architectural steel frame and aluminum frame.
Last updated: December 19, 2013
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