the project

  • Horizontal concrete masonry units stacked one over the other, poured concrete panels with a pebbled surface, and standard concrete masonry units show some of the variety of concrete as required by Horizon House Competition entries. Large windows contrast the enclosed feeling of the structure. [wli]
  • An open deck, surrounded by a pierced low wall, provides outdoor living space adjacent to the living room. The floor of the second-story deck caps the rooms on the first floor. [wli]
  • Cantilevered bedrooms on the southwest and northeast sides of the structure, suspended over a lower deck and the main entrance of the house, suggest a dynamic quality at blending indoor-outdoor space. [wli]
  • Working around the trees on the wooded lot, the Horizon House nestles into its hilly site. Changes in elevation make possible the variety of outdoor spaces at the periphery of the building. [pll]
  • Dramatic lighting, shaped by the firm, highlights concrete elements within the building, echoing washes of light across materials in other Loewenstein structures. [wli]
  • A galley kitchen and the staircase divide the first floor of the scheme into two living spaces. Dining takes place along a counter in the enclosed kitchen or at an open table near the staircase. [wli]
  • The second floor, containing three bedrooms and two baths, borrows on techniques of compartmentalization in the private areas of many Loewenstein commissions. The encased stair hall provides access to one bedroom through its adjoining bath and a hallway that opens onto two bedrooms in the opposite direction. [wli]
  • The neat geometry of the Horizon House is apparent in its elevations, where all building features and details conform to a four foot wide rhythm throughout the structure. The contrasting types of concrete provide interest and variety along the façade. [wli]
  • This building section through the staircase shows the simplicity of the details for the building, including a cantilevered stair tread system. [wli]
  • Mid-century furnishings complement the simple interior of the stair hall and adjoining living space. Warm-hued paneling, concrete pavers on the floor, and a stippled concrete beamed ceiling bring together a variety of textures and finishes in the public spaces of the interior. [wli]
  • The enclosed kitchen includes all-electric appliances, following the lead of similar configurations in the Commencement Houses and reflecting the surge in interest for homes powered solely by electricity. [wli]
  • The simply furnished bedrooms bring Modernism to this interior. The large window openings allow occupants to reach visually into the landscape beyond, uniting interior and exterior. [wli]

Alf Hollar Residence Residence
Greensboro (1962)

Contractor Eugene Gulledge invited Loewenstein-Atkinson to enter the Alf Hollar Residence in the Horizon House Competition for the design of a structure that focused on the innovative use of concrete. Carolina Quality Block Construction served as the local sponsor for the nation-wide effort. Though the collaborative effort did not result in winning the competition, the Horizon House represents innovation in planning, with the firm providing a two-story structure stacking at its center, each story reaching out with perpindicular wings into the landscape. Furthermore, the design incorporated vertically-stacked horizontal concrete masonry units and poured concrete slab construction. Large windows balance the heavy masonry feel of the building. Typical of Loewenstein interiors, the public rooms include a warm pallette of materials – paneling, a beamed ceiling, and mid-century Modern furnishings. Found underfoot throughout the first floor, concrete pavers remind the users of the structure that the designers employed concrete products at every turn.

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