CTC&G TALKS TO IKE KLIGERMAN BARKLEY ARCHITECTS ABOUT PROJECTS IN THEIR NEW BOOK, IKE KLIGERMAN BARKLEY HOUSES (THE MONACELLI PRESS, 2010)
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The key to success for John Ike, Thomas Kligerman and Joel Barkley is listening. Listening to their clients, but also listening to the architectural history of the areas where their clients live. CTC&G managed to connect with the architects from the far-flung locales of their recent travels to ask how they approach their many and varied design projects.
PYRAMID SCHEME (click photo for larger view)
Creating a harmonious relationship between an existing house and a new addition is especially complicated when the residence takes the Platonic form of a pyramid. That is what we found ona dramatic hilltop site in southern Connecticut.
The pyramid, centered on an open-plan double-height living space surrounding an indoor pool, was lightened and simplified with a contemporary material palette (including bamboo, bluestone, and glass tile) and a new lighting program. Oppressive, outmoded structural members were stripped from the skylight, opening the interior to expansive views of Long Island Sound. Three small bedrooms were replaced by two more sizable ones for the owners' children.
We relocated the master suite to a new wing, along with a den, music studio, exercise room, staff quarters, and wine cellar. Enclosing these functions in volume that complemented, rather than competed with, the original structure proved to be one of the firm's biggest design challenges.
WING IT (click photo for larger view)
CTC&G: How closely do you collaborate with your clients?
Joel Barkley: We collaborate as closely as possible. What sets our practice apart is shared authorship, in which the best ideas win out regardless of whose ideas they are.
John Ike: We promote the idea of collaboration. We're taking their ideas and images and organizing them into a coherent architectural statement that takes into account the locale and architectural history, and embodies the emotional attachments of the client to the place and the project.
Thomas Kligerman: We look at other houses around the site, get books on the area and do lots of research. We figure out a way to bring the client's idea to the area architecture.