Transparent House II / Krueck & Sexton Architects

© Bill Zbaren

Designed for an art collector and his family on coastal United States, the Transparent House II is located on a triangular site facing an Intracoastal Sound. Having been stricken with a serious illness and sequestered as a child, the client’s desire for openness and light manifests itself in the design of the house. Minimal visual and acoustical disruptions provide a serene environment for the art, while the building’s siting and facade design take maximum advantage of the spectacular setting. Changing conditions of water, earth, and sky can be observed from within, as nature is viewed as an unfolding piece of art itself.


Architects: Krueck & Sexton Architects
Location: Gulf Coast
Structural Engineers: Tylk Gustafson Reckers Wilson Andrews
General Contractor: Oscar J. Boldt Construction
Project Area: 20,000 sqf
Project Year: 2005
Photographs: Bill Zbaren, Mariusz Mizera

© Bill Zbaren
site plan

The plan responds to the curving edges of the shoreline and is nestled into the landscape. The design takes advantage of the setting by allowing an abundance of natural light into the interior spaces and provides a sense of openness that integrates the space within the house and its surroundings. Through its advanced geothermal system and stainless steel structure, the house carefully responds to the ecology of the site. It gently touches the ground and is gracefully raised above the landscape, protecting the house from wave surges while directing expansive views on the ground floor.

© Bill Zbaren

With great attention to material detail and connection, the interior is designed with service volumes floating along the gallery spine. Millwork, stone and stainless steel elements are suspended to express and lighten the impact on the living space, while challenging the limits of craftsmanship and materiality. The result is a house that is both striking and subdued.

© Mariusz Mizera
Cite: "Transparent House II / Krueck & Sexton Architects" 08 Feb 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 26 May 2015. <>
  • John

    What is this world coming to when that is a person’s residence?!
    I agree, it looks like an office building. There are so many design concepts going on, I don’t know what to look at.

  • olga simonelli

    En su interior es perfecta.
    El diseño es hermoso, denota la necesidad del cliente de sentirse en libertad…,una extrema luminosidad…, y no perder de vista, en lo más mínimo su entorno, pero así el edificio es algo vulnerable, es como estar desnudo…, creo que necesita superar su trauma…

  • jprati

    I love this project… sure, it doesn’t look like a house, but why does it need to? It’s complex, expressive, and crisp. The opposite of a one-liner. It is modern baroque.

  • sudark

    modern baroque, I like the idea. It helps capture the feel of a lot of fancy buildings that have cropped up recently that are quite loud