MASON CITY, IOWA
Sheathed in stucco, and glass, the Schaefer home is designed in the international style. It features a skylit spine that bisects the structure at a 15-degree angle, separating served and servant spaces - a design principle originally developed by Louis Kahn. The served side (living, dining, family and bed rooms) faces south and east and is stair stepped in a 15’ x 15’ plan module to give each room a corner window and access to the view. The home is further organized functionally according to desired privacy and formality levels. The further east along the spine one travels the more private and less formal the room functions become, beginning with the formal living and dining rooms and ending in the master suite and private deck. The servant side contains spaces that serve the rest of the home (kitchen, utility, stairway, and garage). It is located away from the view on the north side of the spine and provides a buffer against harsh winter winds. The 105 foot long spine, used as an art gallery, begins as a cover over the entry and terminates at a three-story deck structure overlooking Briarstone Lake.