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Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Hufft Architects' Kansas City residence is influenced by Marcel Breuer

Baulinder House by Hufft
The mid-century-modern architecture of a nearby Marcel Breuer residence provided cues for a family home by Hufft Architects in Missouri.
Baulinder House by Hufft
Encompassing 6,500 square feet (604 square metres), Baulinder House is located in Mission Hills – a residential neighbourhood of Kansas City. The home was built near a project by well-known Bauhaus architect Breuer, who was renowned for his modernist approach and aesthetic.
Baulinder House by Hufft

"Details like vertically oriented wood siding, straight-forward forms, and overhanging masses were motivated by this modernist aesthetic," said local firm Hufft.
Simple rectangular volumes combine to form the overall massing of the new home. "The house's simple form was conceptualised as a series of stacked boxes, with public spaces residing on the ground level and private spaces in the boxes above," Hufft said.
Baulinder House by Hufft
On the ground level, the U-shaped plan partially encloses a courtyard, which allows living spaces to extend outdoors. The entrance is at the centre of the home, next to the garage.
The southern portion of the building encompasses storage areas and a cabana for a family pool to be built at a later date.
Baulinder House by Hufft
To the north, the architects laid out a longitudinal band containing a library, which is separated from the kitchen, living and dining room by a staircase.
"Floor-to-ceiling south facing windows in the courtyard are shaded by the overhanging second floor above to prohibit solar heat gain, but allow for passive solar heating in the winter," said Hufft.
Baulinder House by Hufft
The partial upper level contains the home's three bedrooms. The stair's upper landing was designed as a play loft for the owner's children, and is adjacent to a small study.
One leg of the orthogonal plan is occupied by two children's bedrooms, while the other contains the master suite. All bedrooms have access to an exterior terrace.
Baulinder House by Hufft
The balcony accessed from the kids' rooms runs along the front facade and connects the two. For the master suite, a wraparound terrace extends the bedroom, and overlooks the pool and courtyard.

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