Located in the outskirts of Des Moines, Iowa, this new home rests on a gently sloping forested site. Three simple gable structures clad completely in black, white and gray corrugated metal are offset from each other to save as many trees as possible and provide multi-directional territorial views and privacy.
The Black – garage - is the first structure one sees upon entering the property. Black, the absence of color, is associated with elegance, sophistication and confidence.
The White – master suite - is at the opposite end of the site, furthest away from the street. The White illustrates the presence of the full color spectrum and is associated with purity, innocence, wholeness and completion and is a study in that color. White siding and roofing and white windows protect a white interior, furnishings and appointments and a white pickled wood floor. A white four poster bed and night stands sits opposite floor to ceiling windows and are a few feet away from a gracious stone fireplace. In the master bath, a long, freestanding claw foot tub is located in front of a large section of windows that look directly into the forest. The dressing room and walk-in closet is brightened by skylights and a floor to ceiling window.
The Gray - the place for living, family and guests - links the Black and White. Its color is solid and stable, creating a sense of calm and composure and relief from a chaotic world. The Gray is marked by an outsized front door covered in flat steel panels painted sports car red, the color of energy, passion and action. The door rides on an offset hinge and is protected by a gray corrugated steel awning that folds out from the wall.
Living spaces have eleven foot white beamed ceilings, polished concrete floors and expanses of gallery wall for the owner’s substantial and growing art collection. Eight foot French doors with transoms and a wall of large paned windows bring light deep into the great room where the kitchen dining and living spaces flow seamlessly together. In the corner is a two story space where notes from a baby grand piano can fill the home. Located just off the great room is the glazed porch with overstuffed furniture and a large stone fireplace where one can tuck away from the hubbub of large family gatherings to read and contemplate. On the opposite side is an elevated patio for outdoor living and grilling. Space for three dogs, laundry, pantry and mud room complete the main structure’s main floor. The Gray’s second level, accessed via an industrial steel staircase offers treehouse views from the study, deck and guest suites.