360 degrees of architecture

November 18, 2013 — 3 Comments

cecil alexander, 1958

Cecil Alexander’s circular house in Atlanta, on the cover of Florida Architect in April 1958. Finished in 1957, the house was featured in Life magazine in November of that year, and in Progressive Architecture in November 1959.

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3 responses to 360 degrees of architecture

  1. 
    Marvin McConoughey November 18, 2013 at 7:40 am

    The house has an elegant design. The roof treatment is among the best that I have seen on a round house.

  2. 

    It is unfortunate that we haven’t seen any progress in design of buildings based on circular forms.

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      Marvin McConoughey November 18, 2013 at 11:39 am

      I agree. To some degree, the circle itself is limiting in that conventional buildings have an infinite range of choices as to the ratio of length to width, the number of extensions–T shaped, H shaped, etc. and thus the interior floor plans. Still, more can be done with roof variations, glazing, roof edge treatments, etc. On our round house, the house is cantilevered all the way around over its round poured-concrete foundation, then the roof is cantilevered over the house, so that a certain design harmony is created.

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