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Highlawn Residence





“History is real. Each generation has some task to perform, and part of the quest is to find what that task is.”

- Robert Motherwell, in Storming the Citadel, 2010


In architecture, Time is tangibly spatial. Taken shortly after the project was completed, in the fall of 2014, the photographs below preserve the surviving memories of an inceptive moment when the space first became “filled with time”. Against the expanse of the white oak floor and the alabaster walls, the southern light, admit through a sliver of clerestories along the ceiling, sweeps like a clock’s arm across the living space. On the other side of the hall situate the lower-lying strip windows that capture, in a single breath, a continuous scroll of the north shore mountains, magnificent under the ambience of the calmer northern sky. Whereas in smaller, private spaces such as bathrooms, natural light trickles slowly down the darker, solitary interiors, counting time by the drop. In the architect’s mind, these photographs record the fleeting sensation of a new beginning, knowing its brief existence as merely a blank canvas for the inhabitants, awaits the many seasons of their lives.

In designing Highlawn Residence, we have expanded our exploration of the temporal and emotional aspects of space, which have been standing preoccupations of our practice. Central to our thinking is the idea of essentialness, that richness in space – and in life – is proportional to the amount of artificial intervention we can do without, and what is truly meaningful can only be experienced slowly, in time passed.



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