Visiting the Pittman Dowell Residence, noted critic Mirko Zardini paused, and reflected that of any home he had ever visited, the residence was, for him, the only one that truly embodied what it meant to be contemporary.

Located on the same plot as Richard Neutra’s extraordinary 1952 Serulnic Residence, the home, for which Wil Carson was a member of the design team at MMA, capitalizes on a logic of nested figures around a central courtyard, creating an exceptionally diverse array of experiences and perspectives within a modest footprint. Within the residence, multiple views link interior and exterior, responding to the centrifugal choreography of movement across the site and the dramatic vistas both within, in relationship to Neutra’s adjacent masterpiece, and the vistas stretching across the valley below.

“For a moment, you are suspended between what seems like an untouched natural landscape and your own little private arcadia.”

NICOLAI OUROSOFF
NEW YORK TIMES

“The house acts like an optical instrument with staged views of the surrounding landscape… The clear, concise presentation of details and the theatrically arranged spaces constitute a sublime and poetic expression.”

AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTS

“The architectural promenade feels cinematic: a succession of discrete yet open spaces, shifting perspectives, and multiple reflections. Each room feels comfortable in itself but there’s always a surprise around the next corner to draw you forward.”

MICHAEL WEBB
THE ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW

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Design Team, MMA

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Iwan Baan & Christopher Norman