The Architectural Stylo-Meter

January 22nd, 2010 by KTU | Filed under 1. Planning and Design.

In my first meeting with architects Eric and Andy (Carney Logan Burke Architects), they asked about my stylistic preferences, invoking the idea of a stylometer for gauging client style. Since I had picked them in part because I liked the houses they had designed for themselves, I was pretty confident the stylometer would give similar readings for us. Here is what I can articulate about my own stylistic preferences, to which I’ll add a few points which Eric and Andy brought to the table and to which I’ve come to subscribe.

New Fork Social Club Residence. Two simple forms connected. Thin roof edge. Bump out. South glass.

My style elements (which were shared entirely by Eric and Andy):

  • Relatively narrow forms with a largely East-West main axis.
  • Simple building forms.
  • Really simple roofs with deep eaves.
  • Lots of glass to the South.
  • Natural, low-maintenance materials.
  • Open floor plans.

Additional style elements articulated by Eric and Andy, to which I’ve come to subscribe:

  • Thin roof edges (a thin brim to the hat).
  • Use of honest, western materials.
  • Two or more connected basic forms.
  • Open stairs adjacent to a vertical window wall.
  • Windows extending to floor level.
  • Bump outs with portal windows to define sub-areas within large open spaces.

A few houses with some or all of these elements (details can be seen on the CLB Architects site):

Indian Springs Ranch House. Note thin roof edges, bump out, and assemblage of three simple forms.

Indian Paintbrush Residence. Note bump out and glass wall adjacent to stair.

Leave a Reply