Yankee Modern (Paperback)
The Houses of Estes/Twombly
Princeton Architectural Press, 9781616892296, 168pp.
Publication Date: July 21, 2015
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Estes/Twombly's multiple award-winning Cyronak House on Block Island combines a modern, open plan--so suitable for the way most families live today--with time-tested local materials; sliding barn doors enclose a small courtyard entry and protect it from north winds, while to the south a small deck catches summer afternoon breezes. The pair of simple two-story blocks that comprise the Danevic House are turned at right angles and pulled apart to make outdoor spaces and take advantage of different views. A latticework tower joins them, acting as a transition between indoors and outdoors, the private and public realms. Sumptuous photography, charming drawings, and detailed plans fully illustrate Estes/Twombly's commonsense design solutions. Author William Morgan's opening essay traces the firm's development and situates their work in both regional and historical contexts. Yankee Modern is a welcome return to the simple pleasures of modest, innovative architecture, sensitive to its site and clients' needs.