Friday, April 30, 2010
Here is the house with some curtain walls instead of windows. No mullions -- or vertical ones on the indside only. Hardly any shear strength in the south wall at all! I don't think the shear strength is so much of an issue in the clerestory, since it is so short. The antiseptic colour scheme of the upper house looks a lot more sleek to me than the earthy stone in the previous blog, but we'll see how to deal with that. Personally I like colour - perhaps a house can be sleek and colourful at once? It seems a dark lower section and a lighter upper section would help to reduce the house's tallness. Note the porch railings have a strong texture, which perhaps can be diminished like the balcony railing.