Strikingly Minimalist Weekend House

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A narrow strip of ornamental grasses separates the entry walk (at right) from a concrete-paved patio off the dining room. Translucent polycarbonate panels above the dining room’s sliding glass doors filter light into the second-floor guest bedroom.
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The love seats in the living area are from the Brooklyn shop ; the Marcel Breuer Laccio coffee table by came from . A freestanding wood-burning Lancer fireplace by and radiant heat in the concrete floors keep the room toasty in winter.
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The two volumes of the house are wrapped in skins with differing degrees of transparency: opaque (black aluminum siding); translucent (polycarbonate panels); and clear (windows and glass doors).
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A 20-foot-long Corian island cantilevered above the concrete floor holds an sink with fixtures. The Four painted-steel dining table and folding Dolly chairs are from .
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In the ultra-minimalist kitchen, a white oven floats within a wall of painted MDF cupboards. The bentwood Taburet M stool is by Jørgen Møller.
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Alongside the kitchen, a steel staircase enclosed in acrylic leads to the second-floor bedrooms.
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A nook between the second-floor bedrooms makes for a cozy mini office.
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The roofline slopes in sync with the interior staircase beneath it.
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In the guest room, operable windows and fixed translucent panels create privacy but let in light and views.
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Another window wall of clear and translucent panels makes the allwhite master bath glow with daylight.
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Architects Stella Betts and David Leven stand in their all-white Manhattan studio (to the right of colleague Fernando Tirado).
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This article was featured in the January 2009 issue.

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