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The ‘breezeway’ or ‘dogtrot’ home is thought of as a classic fixture of post-revolutionary American architecture. Most commonly used in a Southern context, the dogtrot was traditionally defined as a log cabin containing a breezeway in its center and unified by a common roof, which circulated air to each side of the home. With the advent of more modern ventilation systems, the dogtrot home has undergone a variety of iterations and updates, with each structure becoming more detached and irregular, while still employing the basic format of two residential structures conjoined with a small breezeway.
This style was greatly favored by the modernists, who could plan individual dwelling programs in separate realms and utilize the free-standing corridor to unify the residential archipelago. The dogtrot style has also been applied as a popular technique for merging contemporary residential additions with their more historic counterparts. This selection of modern dogtrot homes currently on the market from Brick & Wonder showcase the many creative ways that architects have approached this classic style.
The Gefter-Press House by Michael Bell, Ghent, N.Y., United States
For the modernist architectural enthusiast, the Gefter-Press House was inspired by two iconic residences: Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House near Plano, Illinois, and Philip Johnson’s The Glass House in New Canaan, Connecticut. The house was designed by Columbia University professor and noted architect Michael Bell as an essay in transparency. It is located on a secluded, 12.7-acre, wooded site only two hours from New York City and 20 minutes from Hudson. The house is published in Masterworks of the 20th and 21st Centuries by Kenneth Frampton, the eminent architectural historian. This experimental glass house can be secured for $1,950,000.
House in Surrey by Paul Archer, Farnham, Surrey, United Kingdom
A simple 1960s building on a scenic English lot with a juxtaposing modern extension designed by renowned architect, Paul Archer. “The separation of the buildings is a direct reflection of the organization of space,” says Archer of the design. “The sleeping spaces are placed in the old structure, and the living spaces in the new structure. These two forms are then joined with a simple fully glazed link corridor that almost gives you the sense of going through the garden to go to the bedrooms.” This tasteful mash-up of architectural styles is on the market for $1,475,000.
Mohawk Drive by Ralph Rapson, Chanhassen, Minn., United States
This 1958 International Style residence by Ralph Rapson has been carefully maintained by the current owners. The house retains the hallmarks of Rapson’s original design and offers views over Lotus Lake. This small mid-century gem can be snapped up for an asking price of $750,000.
R.H. Ballantyne by Miles Warren, Christchurch, New Zealand
Commissioned in the 1950s, the R.H. Ballantyne House was designed by Miles Warren, a renowned modernist architect of the time. Miles described it as essentially Danish in character, it is a rigorously designed home with crisply detailed and finely crafted features. The home is currently available for purchase by bid. The deadline sale by private tender closes at 4 p.m., Thursday September 1, 2016 unless sold prior. Visit Brick & Wonder for more details on this listing.
Dallas Home by Bodron + Fruit, Dallas, Texas, United States
A meticulously planned home designed by noted Dallas architects Bodron + Fruitwas. Completed in 2014 the house has an efficiency of space that fosters connection with nature. It is carefully tailored and proportioned to the site to create a sense of space inside and out. Limestone walls and 10-foot floor to ceiling windows frame the light-filled open floor plan overlooking a serene setting. This luminous home is currently on the market for $3,450,000.
Slope Hill Farmhouse by Wendy Shacklock, Queenstown, New Zealand
Architect Wendy Shacklock chose materials that relate to the area vernacular: schist stonework, Victorian ash and cedar woodwork inside and out, with natural zinc cladding and roofing — a modern take on corrugated iron. Inside, cedar beams in the living room echo the roofline of an old barn. This modern interpretation of an old farmhouse is on the market for $2,932,000.
Swanwick Road by Marko Simcic, Victoria, Canada
A contemporary, award-winning design by Marko Simcic combining 1,400 feet of rugged coastline with 68 acres just outside of Victoria, British Columbia. Canyon River runs through the home controlling the temperature via hydrothermal radiant energy, and the home’s mechanical and electrical systems can be accessed from anywhere via the internet. The home won the Canadian Architect Award in 2003 and a Lieutenant-Governor’s Award in 2008. Simcic’s Canadian beauty recently sold.
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