A 160-foot-long by 16-foot-wide cast-in-place concrete wall establishes a mask along the north fašade. The transition through the series of planes that make up the mask culminates in an oversized lacquered red front door (an explicit request from the client). Beyond the front door, visitors are welcomed to a bright and open interior organized around hearth room that opens onto a covered living area before spilling out into the landscaped courtyard.
In contrast to the concrete mask wall to the north, the southern wall is fully glazed and opens onto a covered outdoor living area before spilling out into a lush central courtyard. The courtyard is completed by inward opening wings to East and West that contain the more private functions.
From the sheltered vantage of the courtyard, the openness and transparency of the interior facing elevations stands in stark contrast to the outward facing elevations. As one moves through the home, the initial impression of a formal architecture gives way to a casual, generous residence, thereby completing the mask concept.