October 7, 2011

Boston Magazine visits Hawkins’ House in the October 2011 issue.

modern sculptural house

The architects’ strategy was to compose the plan first and then wrap it in a tight skin, so the building’s function is expressed by its exuberant form.

In ‘Designing the Dream’, Boston Magazine features a beautiful modern house in Lincoln by not one–but two!–ideaworks clients in this month’s issue. This project owes its success to the continual collaboration of Andrew Cohen Architects and Merz Construction. Andrew Cohen Architects conceived the house’s sculptural form in dialogue with the landscape and topography of a densely wooded 12-acre site. After commissioning ACA to design the Springstep Center for the Arts in Medford, the homeowner sought an equally bold design for her home to convey her passion for the performing and visual arts. She entertains and hosts fundraising events regularly to support Springstep, so the house needed spaces commodious enough to contain a crowd, while still being an inviting and intimate retreat the rest of the time. The design is ambitious, incorporating a gravity-defying 700-square-foot cantilever. By providing real-time information about pricing and availability of materials, mock-up assemblies, and researching alternative material/finish options, the contractor supported the design effort and enabled the architects and homeowner to weigh options against cost and aesthetic considerations to achieve the overall project vision.

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