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Postcard House, Missouri, United States

Wednesday 02 Jan 2013

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Taking inspiration from a vintage camera, house frames scenic views 

The house was commissioned by two brothers as a weekend retreat for family and friends. It is thoughtfully located on a peninsula at Table Rock Lake in southwest Missouri with stunning lake views on three sides. It is also built in a low impact manner by placing the home on columns and minimizing impervious pavement. Natural light and ventilation flow strategically through the home enhancing its picturesque views and relation to its setting.

Design decisions regarding form and material choices respect and develop these ideals. Taking inspiration from a vintage Polaroid camera, the form of the building is intended to frame the scenic setting from every angle - creating ‘postcards' from within. This house is all about the experience and the views; further allowing its visitors to enjoy their retreat. The overall interior design is subtle, using natural, recycled, timeless materials that again, allow the exterior to be the focus. Custom casework and furniture pieces fill the home for practical, but tailored use for this family and their guests.

The Postcard House is a conventional wood frame construction. Exterior materials consist of pre-finished metal panels, and stained cedar siding. The building envelope features spray-foam insulation and thermally improved glazing for superior energy efficiency. High-efficiency forced-air systems heat and cool the house.

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Status Completed
Value Undisclosed(m€)
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