Mural House is a single-family residence located in an urban infill lot in a notable college section of Burlington, Vermont. The house is located on a corner lot with a sloping landscape backed by 100’ tall pine trees to the east and distant lake and mountain views to the west. The urban context is composed of a mixture of university buildings and single-family homes. The clients desired a contemporary aesthetic following the ideology of Ezra Pound’s simple but elegantly stated principal, “Make it New.” Conceptually the design reflects the ideology. By recognizing the “it” as the vernacular, the engagement of contemporary orthogonal forms floating above and congruent with the slope redefine the conventional interaction of the two, thus establishing a new relationship within a defined context.
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