Shaker Heights shake-up ?
With only 13,318 residential units in the ‘leafy’ Cleveland Shaker Heights suburb it would be safe to say that fewer than one in 500 or more are contemporary or modern designs. Blocky, period apartment buildings abut rail station hubs and the looping, geometric-patterned and tree-lined streets are filled with trim, if tame, red brick, tudor and wood siding homes. It’s planned, patterned and spacious. Vacant lots are green and well-maintained. Moving to the more exclusive neighbourhoods of Boulevard and Malvern everything gets bigger, including the glades of trees, the homes and the building lots. It’s all traditional suburban architecture, done well. So when a flyover in Google or Bing reveals a sizeable dune-coloured plot that easily stands out from five or even ten miles high, one might wonder “what happened here?”.
Dimit Architects and a rare – maybe even brave – homeowner are what happened to this corner of Shaker Heights. Sold in January 2007. Levelled and vacant since May 2007 according to Google Earth, Bing Bird’s Eye shows what appears to be a large, mid-century, ‘traditional’ brick and shingle structure. Google and Bing satellite views show the new, bright white contemporary being installed in 2012. Here, Dimit has introduced a wood- and stone-skinned residence that is clearly unique for Shaker Heights.
The somewhat abstract looking view of our featured image is from Google Earth as loaded from within Google Maps.
Shaker Heights Residence by Dimit Architects
Mapped By Architourist.ca
Across the stream and through the trees, Bing Streetside offers an autumn glimpse of this contemporary corner of Shaker Heights. Google Street View is foliage-full.
From the architect:
This single-family residence was designed to facilitate the modern lifestyle of an active young family in the leafy Cleveland suburb of Shaker Heights, Ohio. The house plan is arranged as two basic wings— one is more public in function with living, dining, and entertaining spaces— the other is more private, providing bedrooms, home office, exercise room, and support spaces. The two wings meet at the heart of the house – an expansive open kitchen, with views to a protected rear courtyard with swimming and reflecting pools.
The various rectilinear masses of the house are clad in either a light cast stone veneer or with ipe wood slats arranged over a rain-screen membrane. Generous walk-out roof decks, also surfaced with ipe wood slats, provide extensions for each of the second floor bedroom spaces, while the remaining flat roof surfaces have been planted with green prairie grasses. Construction by Pistone and Tesauro Builders of Chagrin Falls and exterior detailing and landscaping scheduled were completed in the summer of 2012.
Architects: Dimit Architects
Location: Shaker Heights, Ohio
Design Principals: Scott and Analia Nanni Dimit
Project Architect: Scott Csutora
Area: 7,528 sq ft on 1.71 acres
Photographs: Brad Feinknopf
Construction: Pistone and Tesauro Builders
Landscape Designer: Patrick Beam – 9th Avenue Designs
Mechanical Engineers: Austrian Associates – Dan Austrian and Tim Kobus
Structural Engineers: Isaac Lewin Engineers